Last Updated on November 29, 2019 by Terry Ohara
Most of the people that consider treating their water supply are faced with some interesting options, do they get a water softener or a water filter. Well, the answer is not straightforward, and both treatment methods have their advantages over the other. What is the biggest difference between them? What is the final result between those two methods? How do they work? Today I will try to answer those questions as simple as I can.
First of all, you should know that tap water is coming mostly from underground sources, as it has past miles of underground channels through to the municipal water treatment systems to your house. That water through its way absorbs a lot of materials and most of that is materials and some contaminants that are mostly cleared in water treatment centers of the city, but minerals can’t be cleared out. Sometimes, the mineral content achieves higher numbers, to result in the water that we call hard water, which we can see its side effects when the water leaves marks on our faucets, or the limestone build-up is in higher levels. Water softeners are designed to remove the minerals for water, to bring it to a level that is safe for your appliances and you, on the other hand, a water filter takes on more tasks and clears water from larger contaminants and other issues.
In order to make a choice between the best water softeners and best water filters, you need to know how each of these works so you can make an informed and right decision. Let’s start with the obvious, both of these systems treat water differently like I explained earlier in this article. However, you should also know that a water softener is a type of water filter, and you should have knowledge about different kinds of filters, as they have different technologies. For example, some water filter systems are capable of removing iron and sulfur, the other sediment particles, some have carbon-based usage and fluoride adsorption filters, but all of these use very different processes from dedicated water softeners.
Most of the softeners use salt or ion exchange resins to absorb magnesium and calcium from the water that goes through them. The process is done by the resins mostly by coating the sodium solution that pushes the magnesium and calcium to go to the active sites where they are replaced with sodium ions. However, these systems need regular maintenance and you definitely need to restock the salt regularly. There are also non-salt based systems, such as magnetic systems that have less maintenance, are cheaper but aren’t as effective as salt-based systems.
Whichever the case I hope that you know have information about both of the treatments, and can make an informed decision between them.