Water softening systems can reduce or eliminate hard water from your household. Hard H2O has a lot calcium and magnesium which can cause damage to your plumbing and faucets – read here?
Hard water can cause dry skin and hair. Because soap does not dissolve in hardwater well, laundry will become stiff and appear with white spots. Dishes will also look cloudy and stained with white stains when they come out of the dishwasher. Also, shower heaters and coffee makers will need frequent servicing.
A filter can also soften the hardness of water, just as a softener. However, there are differences. You may find one option better than another depending on your household and financial situation. Softeners tend to be more popular in commercial buildings and households.
A water softening system replaces calcium and magnesium with sodiumions, which produces softened water. The hard ions and softions interchange when H2O reaches the softening beads. The sodium-filled beads absorb the ions of calcium and magnesium and then release sodium Ions that soften water.
Filters use carbon filters to remove hard mineral from the household’s water supply. Because of the reduction or elimination of hard water mineral, the filter’s liquid is now softer. The filter system is capable of reducing calcium, iron, and other elements from your water supply. It does not replace it with softions.
The sodium used to soften water is less effective at reducing hardness but it also means that your water supply will be high in sodium. To avoid making their medical conditions worse, people who have heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, or kidney problems should not use sodium-based softeners.
The cost to use a filter or softening device will depend on how big your house is, what water requirements you have and the quality. You will also need to pay a plumber to install both types of systems. A water softening device will typically be more expensive than a filter.
A filter will soften your water and also remove contaminants. There are several contaminants that filters can remove, including lead, mercury (and pharmaceutical drugs), pesticides, chlorine and bacteria. Water softening systems are able to soften water but cannot remove heavy metals like sulphates.