What’s the difference between a water softener and a water filter?
Which one is better for my home?
Maybe you’ve had the same questions. Let’s start by looking closely at what each of these solutions does, and how they can help out around the house.
As you might guess from the name, water softeners generally only refer to products that remove hardness-causing minerals and contaminants from water, like magnesium and calcium. While this still covers a variety of products, it’s generally fewer than those considered “water filters.” Softeners also typically use salt as the primary chemical agent in modifying the properties of water, while filtration can encompass many more methods to alter water, like reverse osmosis.
Filters generally refer to any methods or systems that remove contaminants from water, including:
Metals such as arsenic, iron, or copper
Industrial and pharmaceutical byproducts like pesticides or hormones
Sediment and other organic troublemakers
As such, the term “water filter” can refer almost equally to systems that filter water throughout your home, smaller products that filter at the point-of-use, reverse osmosis filtration systems, and others in between.
How Can I Tell Which One To Use?
Since each of these solutions focuses on different water-related issues, deciding on a softener or a filter should largely depend on what’s in your water. For example, if limescale buildup is a constant headache for you, that’s usually a sign that water is hard and a softener will alleviate some of those frustrations. If your water tastes or smells strange, a filter might be the more effective choice to remove culprit contaminants from your supply.
Ready for Better Water in Your Home?
A good way to find out, if you don’t already know or suspect what’s in your water, is to have your local Culligan expert test it for you. Schedule an appointment now for your free in-home water test or phone consultation to evaluate the best solution for your family, whether it’s softening, filtration, or a combination of both.