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Water softening system versus water filtration

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It is essential to know the main difference between a water filtration and water softening system. Knowing the system which is more necessary and important for the home would be very crucial. However, there are some questions which most people ask whenever they are considering a whole house water filter. A basic understanding of the mechanics behind each system is crucial for making an informed purchasing decision on a home water filtration system.


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Water filter and water softener

Water filtration system are any systems which can filter and also remove contaminants from the water. These include small reverse osmosis drinking water system and large house water filters which can treat water which is used by the entire household. Water softener are a kind of whole house water filter which softens water by the removal of minerals which makes water hard and cause scale. Thus, while we refer to water softener as a whole house water filter, the term ‘water filter’ encompasses a much large scope of products which include more than just water softeners. A good example of other whole house filters includes backwashing carbon filters, iron and sulphur removal filters, sediment filters, fluoride adsorption filters etc. these are completely different systems which perform vitally different water purification functions entirely.


How water filters work

The house water makes use of a variety of water purification technologies for the treatment of water contamination. Advanced media bed is employed for the removal of pollutants from the water through the process of adsorption, ion-exchange, micro-filtration, catalytic conversion as well as oxidation. There are several kinds of media and their versatility allows them to treat everything from natural as well as man-made chemicals to heavy metals. Most work by first trapping or converting contaminants within their matrix and then removing them via the regular backwashing cleaning cycles. For microbial concerns, UV lams are used to sterilize water by attacking the DNA of microbial contaminants with ultraviolet light which effectively destroys bacteria, cysts as well as viruses. Sieve, screen as well as membrane filtration can also be used to remove pollutants within a wide range of micron ratings.


How water softener work

Water softener is used for the treatment of hard water and they work by using salts as well as ion-exchange resins to remove calcium as well as magnesium hardness from the water. These resins are coated in a sodium solution and when hard water comes in contact with the resin beads, the calcium and magnesium ions migrate out of the solution to the active sites on the resin and are replaced in the solution by sodium ions.


Salt free water softener alternatives are also available for people that do not want to add salt or any chemical to their water. These salt-less systems make use of advanced ceramic media which effectively attract and also neutralize hard water scaling properties without the need for regeneration, backwashing or electricity. They are also eco-friendlier because they do not require electricity and rinse water, they can be maintained easily and are 100% free from salt thereby making them more natural and healthier softening alternative.


Choosing a System

Water softeners are excellent water purification system which can be used for the protection of home water from the effects of hard water scale build-up. However, if you have other water challenges such as bacterial contamination, water chlorination or iron staining, you can consider the use of whole house filter which will treat those specific water concerns as well. 


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