Water filtering and softening; they’re the same thing, right? Well no, they are different and designed to address specific issues with water. Depending on your particular water worries, you might need one or the other, or even both. Understanding the differences is key to choosing which method of water treatment suits your needs.
What’s your Water Worry?
You can experience many problems linked with water purity, safety and the way it effects your appliances and even the human body. Understanding what is in your water and what you want to address for your home or business, is the first step in choosing between water filtering and softening.
The Problem: Hard water
If you live in a hard water area, water softening is most likely your priority. Hard water can do untold damage to appliances such as dishwashers, coffee machines, kettles and washing machines. The high mineral content of hard water causes limescale to build up, which in turn can cause the components of your appliances to fail. The result is costly repairs or replacing the appliance altogether. Not only this, but hard water can dry out your skin and hair too. Those pesky mineral deposits create a chalky barrier on your skin and hair, preventing moisture from getting in. Depriving your skin and hair from much needed moisture can lead to skin irritation and weakening of hair strands. Not a great look, or feeling!
The Solution: A Water Softener
Water softeners work by using ion exchange to remove magnesium and calcium from hard water. These minerals are responsible for causing water hardness and limescale build up. The softener connects to the point where water enters your home, under your kitchen sink. Once the water is softened, it can go throughout your home providing you with limescale-free water. There are salt water softeners and salt-free softeners that do not add anything to your water. Salt-free water softeners are alternatives for those who don’t want added salt or chemicals in their water. They use ceramic media to attract and neutralise hard water scaling. These are also more eco-friendly and easier to maintain. However, water softening does not remove contaminants. If the purity and safety of your water concerns you, you best read on.
The Problem: Chemicals and Contaminants
Impurities such as pesticides, bacteria, chlorine and lead can be found in your water supply. Chlorine is a typical contaminant that causes health problems, especially in high levels. An growing presence of bacteria and viruses, in our natural water sources, can also increase the risk of water-borne disease exposure.
The Solution: Water Filter
If chlorine is affecting your water or you’re concerned about contaminants such as lead, then a water filter is best. Water filters use water purification techniques to treat contamination and remove impurities through filtering. Systems are normally fitted under the kitchen sink and purify the water from your kitchen tap.
What if I want Softer and Purer Water?
You are right to be concerned about both issues. Hard water can affect appliances, irritate your skin and dry out hair, whilst unfiltered water comes with its own health hazards. Luckily, there are products out there, which both filter and soften water. Aquatiere’s Pureau salt-less whole house system not only purifies but it also stops scale formation in your plumbing, softening water the environmentally friendly way.
There are a lot of benefits to both filters and softeners, and it’s important to understand the different between them. You should consider the water hardness in your area and the water problems you want to address. Our systems are high-quality and affordable, from our whole house filters to our budget-friendly single point of use filters. Our industry-leading filters and softeners are environmentally friendly too. If you are still unsure as to which water filter and softener system is the one for you, contact us to chat to our experts. They’ll be happy to help you with your water filter and softener queries and help you make the right decision.