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Friday, June 25, 2010
Did you know that water filtering devices and water softening devices are not the same? Many people become confused when these topics come up, and this article is designed to help answer any questions you may have about water filters or water softening units.

Water filters are used primarily to remove sediment and other types of contaminants from incoming drinking water. Water filters can also be used to remove organic material from water, some of which can lead to health issues. In a general sense, water filters clean the water, up to a certain point.

Water softener devices, on the other hand, are used to treat what is often called "hard water". Many areas of the country have water sources that are high in mineral content. If these minerals are not removed from the water, they enter the home and cause a variety of problems.

Water filters use different types of filters to remove contaminants from water. The various filters are designed to handle various problems, meaning you find water filters capable of solving most water contaminant problems according to the type of filter that is being used inside the device.

Water softening devices, on the other hand, normally work by replacing hard minerals with salt ions. Other models use non-salt treatments or even magnets to force metallic content out of the water. The result is household water that has less dissolved mineral content in it.

As just mentioned, units that add salt ions to the water will also add sodium and potassium to the water. These units are not for everyone, especially those who are on a salt restricted diet. Also, these units must recharged on a regular basis.

The water softeners that use non-salt treatments are a better option for those on a restricted diet. Like the salt ion units, they have to be maintained on a regular basis.

Magnetic water softeners are the least expensive but they offer only limited functionality as they will only remove the metallic content in the water. Other dissolved minerals will remain in the water.

As you can see, water filters and water softeners do different jobs. The only way to choose which is best for you is to first understand what it is you want done to your water. If you desire cleaner water for consumption, then a water filter is your best option. If your water is hard, has a mineral taste to it, or leaves your hair frizzy after shampooing, you may want to look into a water softening system.

If you are not sure which is best for your individual needs, contact a reputable water filter vendor and discuss your situation. They can help you decide which system is best for your home or office.


by: Chris Tracey

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