Overview of the Home Master TMAFC-ERP Artesian
Our #1 pick for most people is the Home Master TMAFC-ERP Artesian Reverse Osmosis system.
The Home Master TMAFC-ERP combines the perfect balance of useful benefits, popular features, and value in one package.
There are two big features that set the Home Master TMAFC-ERP apart from other mid-range systems and makes it the top reverse osmosis system:
First of all, water that has been purified by reverse osmosis can have a bland taste. This is because it is slightly acidic and all of the dissolved minerals that provide flavor have been removed. After the water has been purified through the Home Master TMAFC-ERP RO membrane, it passes through a remineralization filter. This adds safe minerals back into the water and raises the pH to be more alkaline. The result is a fresher tasting mineral water that many people prefer.
In addition, it comes standard with a permeate pump, which is a non-electric device that increases the water pressure before it enters the filters. This reduces water waste up to 80 percent and increases water production up to 50 percent. Both of these are important if you are on city water or care about efficiency. Compared to the average of 2-3 gallons wasted per filtered gallon produced across our reviewed systems, the Home Master TMAFC-ERP only wastes 1 gallon.
The Home Master TMAFC-ERP has 7 stages and is rated for about 75 gallons of purified water per day. It comes with both a faucet and pressurized storage tank.
Filtration System Design
The Home Master TMAFC-ERP system has a modular filter design that makes changing filter elements easier. Each of the filters is contained in its own housing, which is changed out with the filter. This solves a problem that can occur in systems that keep the same housing since some of the debris that had been removed by the filter can remain in the housing. This reduces the life of the filter and could damage the housing.
There is also no need for any tools when replacing the filters – you simply pull the old filter out and push the new filter in. Filter change instructions, which should be carried out at least annually, can be found on the Home Master web site.
The Home Master TMAFC-ERP is one of the most efficient systems you can find as it creates only about 1 gallon of waste water for every gallon of pure water produced (1:1 ratio). This amount of water waste can vary depending on the pressure of the water entering the system. The higher the input pressure, the less water wasted. The waste is created because RO systems use pre-filtered water to clean the filter membranes. However, the permeate pump included with this system increases the pressure and helps to both reduce waste and increase efficiency.
Ease of Installation
The Home Master TMAFC-ERP system is designed to be installed by anyone with rudimentary DIY skills. A professional plumber is not needed to install this kit.
The only potentially difficult part of the whole installation is drilling a hole in the sink top for the pure water faucet. This may not be necessary if a hole already exists for a hand sprayer, soap dispenser, or is available with a blank cover.
The full installation instructions and owner’s manual (found here) covers how to connect the feed pipes and drainage pipes over 7 pages and Home Master has made a series of 6 videos that show an installation. For many, it is easier to watch these videos before attempting the installation. It is well worth spending the time to watch the videos, as they clarify some the of instructions in the manual.
- Video 1 – Introduction
- Video 2 – Faucet installation
- Video 3 – Fitting the feed water adaptor
- Video 4 – Fitting the drain saddle
The installation of the permeate pump is not included in the video instructions, so check out section 3a of the instruction manual for details.
- Video 5 – Mounting the RO unit
Take note of the need to have enough room to remove the unit for annual maintenance.
- Video 6 – Final assembly and starting the unit up
Check out our list of the best reverse osmosis accessories for some items to consider with your new reverse osmosis system.
- 75 gallons of pure water output per day
- Full Contact Technology to remineralize water for better taste and a neutral pH value
- Permeate pump increases efficiency and decreases waste
- Removes up to 98% of dissolved solids, chemicals & metals
- Easy modular filter design – filter and filter container are one, pull-out/push-in unit
- 2x filter life of competitors – 2,000 gallons or 1 year
- Designed for DIY installation within about 1 hour
- 4-gallon pre-pressurized water storage tank
- Chrome faucet
- 5 year limited manufacturer’s warranty
- Made in the USA
- Does not include a UV light to kill bacteria and other microorganisms
- More expensive than basic systems
The Home Master TMAFC-ERP Artesian reverse osmosis filter system scored the highest of all systems in the RO-system.org ranking algorithm.
It is a popular and highly-rated system because it:
- Wastes very little water
- Includes the permeate pump
- Remineralizes the water
- Has the longest filter life
- Is easy to maintain
- Has the longest warranty
If you do not need a UV filter stage and want a system that will provide safe, clean, and great-tasting water, then this system is worth it!