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Water Softeners vs. Water Filters: What's the Difference?

Water Filtration vs. Softening

As we recently discussed on our blog, there is never a bad time to install a water filtration system. However, for some homeowners, even the most advanced water filters may not address their specific needs. In these cases, you may need to install a water softener instead. But what is a water softener, and what exactly is the difference between water softeners and water filters anyway? It can be easy to get these two products mixed up, especially when many companies offer both options. Fortunately, All City Plumbing is here to explain what you need to know.

The Difference Between Water Softeners & Water Filters:

  • Water Filters: A water filter is any type of filtration device designed to purify and improve the taste of your water supply. This may include carbon filtration systems, which use chemical absorption to trap unwanted objects and toxins, reverse osmosis systems, which remove sediment, particulates, and contaminants through pressure, and UV water purifiers, which use ultraviolet light to kill chemicals and bacteria. Anything from a whole-home water purification system to the filters you put in your fridge can fall into this category, making the definition of “water filter” pretty all-encompassing.
  • Water Softeners: The terms “water filter,” “water purifier,” and even “water cleaner” are often used as shorthand to mean the same thing, i.e. filtration devices. The term water softener, on the other hand, connotes something very specific. While the average water filter is designed to remove a variety of impurities to improve the taste, smell, and safety of your drinking water, softeners are designed specifically to remove high concentrations of minerals like calcium and magnesium. These minerals, though not usually dangerous, are what give your water that “hard,” unpleasant taste—hence “water softener.” As water passes through one of these devices, calcium and magnesium ions are exchanged for sodium ions, giving your water that pleasant, soft taste. So while a water softener does technically offer a kind of filtration, it serves a particular purpose, in contrast to the broad uses of many other water filters.

For the Best Water Softeners & Filters Available, Call All City Plumbing

At All City Plumbing, we offer a range of water filtration systems and water softeners. Our filtration offerings include carbon, reverse osmosis, and UV rays. If you’re looking for a water softener, we’ll make sure you receive a device that is perfectly sized for your home’s needs, and can provide both standard and low-maintenance options. We know that with everything that’s been happening across the country lately, you may still be spending a lot of extra time at home. Avoid paying for bottled water and make sure you get the clean, great-tasting water you need by calling our experienced plumbers to install a water softener of filtration system today.

To reach All City Plumbing by phone, call (909) 552-7550. You can also contact us anytime online.


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