Which is Better, a Water Filter or a Water Softener?

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If you have been considering investing in a water softener system, you may be wondering about the differences between a water filter and a water softener. While both systems have their advantages, you will need to make an informed decision about which one is right for you and your home.

Do I need a water filter or a water softener?

There are many factors that will determine the correct water treatment system for your home. For instance, depending on where you live there could be different threats to your water supply. From region to region and city to city there are different contaminants that can come into contact with your water. If your home’s drinking water is sourced from groundwater there are different risks than drinking water that comes from well or surface water. Also, water hardness is determined by the minerals that are located in the water that you use in your home, and those minerals can vary greatly depending on the region that you are located in and where your water is sourced from. When determining what your needs are when it comes to your home’s water supply, you first need to understand what the different systems do and how they will impact and improve your water.

Water Filtering System

Typically, if you are looking to improve your home’s drinking water, it is because of the fear of contamination from outside sources. Whether you suspect that your city’s pipes might be old and contain lead or other pollutants, or you are worried about contamination from runoff, or you just want to provide your family with safe and clean water, your best bet is a water filtration system. Water filters, as their name implies, will filter out harmful contaminants and pollutants from your water supply, leaving pure, safe drinking water for you and your family. Before you know which kind of filtration system will work best in your home, you will want to get your water tested to ensure that you know exactly what contaminants you are dealing with. Once you have received a thorough analysis of your home’s water, you can then work with a water specialist to determine what filtration system will work best for you.

Water Softener

Another form of water filtration system is the water softener. Water softeners filter minerals from your water which cause “hardness” and that create the buildup and accumulation of scale. Usually, water softeners remove minerals such as calcium or magnesium through the use of resins or salt. Water softeners can help to reduce physical discomfort brought on by hard water, such as dry, itchy skin and breakouts. Hard water can also wreak havoc on your plumbing and shorten the lifespan of your clothing if you are repeatedly washing it in hard water. Finally, you will save money every month on your water bill if you invest in a water softener. When your pipes are full of lime buildup, they have to work harder to pass water, causing a higher water bill for you. A water softener can help you eliminate these unnecessary costs and save you money!

Contact Clearwater Systems today and have a water analysis done. Let one of our water specialists help you choose a water treatment system that is specific to your home’s needs!