Water Filters Vs Water Softeners What Does Your Home Need

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A water filter is a water treatment system designed to remove visible contaminants and invisible impurities from water that not only alter the taste, colour and odour of your water but are also considered harmful to health when consumed in the long-term.

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Water Filters Vs Water Softeners: What Does Your Home Need?:

Water Filters Vs Water Softeners: What Does Your Home Need?

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Home owners often get confused about whether to invest in a water softener or a water filter when it comes to ensuring a constant supply of pure and clean water in their homes. While both systems are used to treat water, they perform different functions to address different types of issues with water. Here’s a brief guide that will familiarise you with the differences between water filters and water softeners and help you make an informed decision.

What is a Water Filter? :

What is a Water Filter? A water filter is a water treatment system designed to remove visible contaminants and invisible impurities from water that not only alter the taste, colour and odour of your water but are also considered harmful to health when consumed in the long-term. Chlorine and bacteria that cause water-borne diseases are the typical contaminants removed by water filters.

What is a Water Filter?... ..:

What is a Water Filter?... .. Depending on the type filter media used within the system, water filters can deal with a wide range of contaminants including fluoride, sediments, volatile organic compounds, pesticides and several other impurities in water that can harm our health. Moreover, filter systems use different types of mechanisms to purify water such as distillation, reverse osmosis, carbon adsorption, deionisation and UV radiation.

Here are some signs your water is contaminated and you may need a water filtration system:

Here are some signs your water is contaminated and you may need a water filtration system Your drinking water is cloudy, discoloured and have clearly visible impurities It smells like pool water (an unusually strong smell of chlorine) Other off-putting odours in ice and drinking water Foul flavours in drinking water, ice or homemade beverages There’s an oily film on standing water

What is a Water Softener?:

What is a Water Softener? A water softener, as the name suggests, is a stand-alone water treatment system that removes hardness-causing minerals and contaminants from water like calcium and magnesium. Remember that water softeners can’t remove water contaminants and thus can’t replace water filters. However, they can be used in combination with water filtration systems to ensure supply of the cleanest, purest and tastiest water.

What is a Water Softener?.....:

What is a Water Softener?..... Softeners typically use salt and ion exchange resins as primary agents to remove minerals from water. There are also inexpensive salt-free systems in the market that use a ceramic media to neutralise the scaling properties of hard water such as anti-scale filters and fluid-reactors.

Here are some signs you have hard Water and may benefit from a Water Softener::

Here are some signs you have hard Water and may benefit from a Water Softener: There are ugly reddish-brown stains in bath tub, bathroom sink, toilet bowl. Mineral build-ups and spots on dishes and around appliances and fixtures that use water.

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Dry itchy skin after showers Your hair is weak, rough and brittle. Your clothes appear dull and dingy after washing and also wear out faster. In addition to this comparison, here’s an insight into common water problems and recommended solutions, which will help you decide what you should invest in to meet your water treatment needs.

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Water Problems Solutions Chlorine, Mercury, lead, Water filter causing rotten egg like smell and unpleasant chemical odours Scale-build up, hard water and mineral deposits Water softener Bacteria, microbes and viruses UV purification system

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To sum up, there’s huge spectrum of water treatment systems in the market designed to address varied water problems from chlorine removal to water softening. You will also find systems that have built-in water coolers and water dispensers, making them ideal for a variety of environments.

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