Water softeners and water filtration systems both have their own distinct advantages. One makes your home life a little easier — the other can actually help you stay healthy.
What’s the difference between water softening and water filtration?
Water softeners remove minerals that would otherwise make your water hard. A water filtration system removes harmful elements in dirty water to make it clean.
Most of the benefits associated with water softeners make aspects of daily life simpler. Possibly the best thing about these softeners is their impact on appliance life. Water softeners reduce the impact of minerals that build up inside your water heater, dishwasher, and more and decrease durability and performance. Any appliance that uses a water source will last longer and run more efficiently after you install a water softener.
Softer water makes cleaning easier and heats up faster than water with hard minerals.
- Cleaning: Soap scum and residue can leave streaks and spots on your dishes. Soft water rinses this residue off much easier. Overall, cleaning requires a much smaller amount of soap or detergent.
- Heating: Water heaters have an easier time heating soft water as opposed to hard. Studies show that you can increase the efficiency of your heater by almost 30 percent when using a softener.
Water filtration systems remove bacteria and viruses that may cause an illness. Some systems remove dangerous contaminants like e. coli, and stronger systems can remove viruses. Unnatural elements that get into your water are also filtered out. Harmful chemicals found in water can lead to an increased threat of certain types of cancer. Water filtration can reduce that risk, if not eliminate it entirely.
Aside from the health benefits, a filtration system can improve the quality and taste of your water, as it removes particles that affect the taste and smell of water. Many times, this is caused by small pieces of metal from your plumbing system. Water filtration also offers many of the benefits of water softeners:
- It can prevent the buildup of minerals that affect your appliances.
- It will also help you maintain a balanced PH level. The more balanced your PH is, and the softer it is, the water will be of better quality.
Not sure which system is best for you? The S & D Plumbing specialists can help you make the right choice for your home. Contact us online or by phone at (512) 648-4663 to schedule an appointment!