When it comes to our water, we want to know we are using, and drinking, the best water possible. But there’s a lot out of our control in terms of the quality of our tap water, which is why many North Carolina homeowners choose to install an additional system to purify their H2O. The two systems available to take on this issue are water softeners and water filtration systems. Both water softening and water filtration are processes used to improve the quality of water, but in different ways and with varying pros and cons. In this blog, we’ll break down the advantages and disadvantages of both so you can decide what is best for your home’s water system.
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Water softening is the process of removing minerals such as calcium and magnesium from water that make it "hard." Hard water can cause something known as scaling, which creates mineral deposits on plumbing fixtures, appliances, on clothing and dishes. Hard water also reduces the effectiveness of soaps and detergents, so you have to work harder to keep things clean. Water softeners typically use ion exchange technology to remove the calcium and magnesium ions and replace them with sodium or potassium ions which are softer minerals.
Water softeners are a popular solution for addressing hard water problems, but as with any solution, there are both pros and cons to consider. Here are some of the main advantages of using a water softener in your home:
Like anything, there are cons to water softeners such as:
Water filtration is the process of removing impurities and contaminants from water through a filter. This process can remove things such as, sediment, chlorine, heavy metals, bacteria, and other substances that may be harmful to health or cause unpleasant tastes or odors. Whole house water filters are a great way to rid your water of contaminants so you can experience long term benefits.
There are several types of water filters to choose from, like activated carbon filters, reverse osmosis filters, and UV filters, that all have their own specific advantages and disadvantages.Water filtration is often considered the best method for improving the quality of tap water for the following reasons:
In summary, water softening specifically addresses the issue of hard water by removing minerals that cause scaling and other issues, while water filtration removes impurities and contaminants from water altogether. The choice of which method is best for you will depend on your budget and specific water quality concerns. At Dr. John’s H2O, we can walk you through the process and answer any questions or concerns you may have to help you make the best decision for your home, health and family. Reach out today and let us help you get the best water possible.