In the heart of every home, the kitchen serves as the hub for nourishment and connection. As we strive to create healthier and more sustainable living spaces, one often overlooked yet crucial element is the water we use in our kitchens. You might think to use your fridge filter for your drinking water, but have you thought of using filtered water when you cook too? The water we use when cooking is just as important as it impacts the taste of food.

With the holidays right around the corner, it is more important than ever to think about the impact cooking with clean filtered water has on the food you are serving your family and loved ones. 

  1. Enhanced Flavor and Aroma

One of the most immediate benefits of using filtered water in your kitchen is the improvement in taste, smell, and texture. Impurities such as chlorine, magnesium, lead, and other contaminants can affect the taste, odor, and quality of the food you cook. By using a whole house water system, you can eliminate these contaminants, allowing the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine through. Bon Appetit agrees, “The way your water tastes will affect the way everything tastes.”

Whether you're brewing coffee, baking holiday treats, or simply enjoying a refreshing glass of cold water, the absence of unwanted taste or smell enhances the overall culinary experience. Most restaurants use filtered water for cooking, so why shouldn’t we treat ourselves to the finest at home too?

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  1. Healthier Cooking

Beyond the sensory aspects, filtered water contributes to healthier cooking. The removal of impurities ensures that the water used in cooking doesn't introduce harmful substances into your food. Clean water is especially crucial when preparing meals for your family, where the purity of each ingredient is vital. By choosing filtered water, you are safeguarding the nutritional integrity of your meals.

Here are some of the contaminants commonly present in unfiltered tap water:

  • Chemicals (chlorine, chloramine, PFAS, pesticides, herbicides, nitrates and nitrites, fluorine, etc.)

  • Sediments (dirt, sand, dust, debris, etc.)

  • Heavy metals (lead, copper, barium, zinc, chromium, iron, arsenic, mercury, chromium, cadmium, etc.)

  • Minerals (magnesium, sodium, phosphorous, potassium, etc.)

  • Microbes (bacteria, viruses, parasites, algae, fungi, etc.)

Now, we are not suggesting that your tap water contains all of the above. The problem is that, if it does, any of the above contaminants could be sabotaging your cooking and could even harm you and your family’s health.


  1. Appliance Longevity

Hard water can wreak havoc on your home and its appliances. Contaminants in water can cause mineral buildup, corrosion, and damage to household appliances such as your coffee maker and dishwasher, as well as your plumbing fixtures. Over time, this buildup can restrict water flow, reduce appliance efficiency, shorten the lifespan of the appliance, and even lead to costly repairs or replacements. Installing a home water filtration system can help protect your appliances and plumbing by removing these contaminants and ensuring that only clean water flows through your pipes.

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  1. Sustainability and Cost Savings

Opting for filtered water can also contribute to a more sustainable kitchen. By reducing the need for single-use plastic water bottles, you're making an eco-friendly choice that minimizes your environmental footprint. 

Plastic waste is a significant environmental issue, as the chemicals and components used in plastic manufacturing are not biodegradable and can take thousands of years to break down. Additionally, lots of plastic ends up in landfills and oceans, harming wildlife and marine life. So not only is bottled water harming the environment due to plastic waste, but it is also harming our health when we ingest microplastics. Luckily, you can remove harmful microplastics by installing the right water system in your home.

Instead of buying expensive and environmentally polluting bottled water, you can have clean and safe drinking water directly from your tap, saving money and reducing your environmental impact.


  1. Crystal-Clear Ice and Beverages

If you plan on entertaining guests this holiday season, you'll appreciate the difference that filtered water makes in creating crystal-clear ice cubes and drinks. The absence of impurities ensures that your ice doesn't carry any off-putting flavors or smells, allowing your cocktails and iced beverages to shine!


As we strive for healthier and more sustainable lifestyles, the choices we make in our kitchens play a pivotal role. Embracing the use of filtered water not only elevates the sensory experience of your family meals this holiday season, but also contributes to the longevity of your appliances and the well-being of the planet. So, the next time you turn on the tap in your kitchen, consider the transformative power of filtered water – a simple yet profound choice that can make a world of difference. Cheers to a kitchen filled with the pure essence of life!

Ready to experience the many benefits of a home water filtration system this holiday season? To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for a complimentary in-home water quality test, contact us today at (865) 970-2871.

At Tennessee Water & Air Technology, we firmly believe that every homeowner should be able to use and enjoy water of the finest quality. Therefore, whichever system you choose, your Tennessee Water & Air Technology solution will be custom-tailored to your household based on your family size, local water conditions, and home dimensions.

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