What’s the Difference Between a Water Softener and a Water Filter?

Both water softeners and water filtration systems improve water quality at your home. But what’s the difference between these systems, and which one is the right choice for you? Below are some key distinctions between water softeners and water filtration systems.

What is a Water Softener?

A water softener is a type of purification system that removes “hard” minerals from your water supply. Hard water is caused by excessive amounts of minerals like calcium and magnesium. These minerals tend to leave a residue behind, which you might notice on your dishes, plumbing fixtures, shower doors, and water heaters. Hard water can also be irritating to your skin and hair. A water softener will remove these minerals from your potable water supply, improving the overall water quality for you and your plumbing.

What is a Water Filter?

A water filtration system is used to improve the overall smell, taste, and quality of your water. A filtration system does this by removing contaminants such as heavy metals, chlorine, chloramine, and silt. The most common filtration systems are used to improve a home’s drinking water. However, complete home filtration systems can be used to remove these contaminants from the entire system within the home. This improves the quality of your drinking water as well as protects your plumbing fixtures.

Which System is Right For Me?

Generally speaking, water filtration systems remove a larger number of contaminants. This will help in areas where chemical contamination is of high concern. This will also increase the quality of your drinking water’s smell and taste. A water softener is a better choice when the quality of your water is safe, but you have water spots on fixtures or scale build-up in your water heater. Both systems can be installed in situations where there is a need for better quality drinking water and/or to remove minerals. That is why it is recommended to have a licensed and experienced plumber evaluate the condition of your water and provide the best option for you and your home.

Getting a Professional’s Opinion

Choosing the right water purification system can be challenging. Many homeowners aren’t sure of the water quality in their area and therefore aren’t sure of the best system for their needs. A licensed and knowledgeable plumber can help you make the right choice. A plumber can inspect your home, check your water quality, and recommend the best water purification system for your needs.

Talk to a Plumber Today

Show Plumbing offers various water purification systems, including water softeners, water filtration systems, and more. Call us today at 281-860-2000 to have a licensed and knowledgeable technician evaluate the water quality at your home and determine the best system for your home!

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