How is a whole house water system different from a water softener? Which is more beneficial to the people in my home? These are important questions to ask when considering how to treat and condition your home's water to be more drinkable but also safe for surfaces and appliances? We provide some important details between the two.
|One system for all water in the home||Yes||No|
|Reduces Scale Build Up||Yes||Yes|
|Removes chlorine and dirt||Yes||No|
|Safe for plants and pets||Yes||No|
|Good for cleaning and dishwashing||Yes||Yes|
|Requires additional system for drinking water||No||Yes|
|Produces salty, slimy, slippery water||No||Yes|
|Pollutes with salt brine discharge||No||Yes|
|Banned by law in many communities||No||Yes|
|Removes healthy nutrients from water||No||Yes|
In summary, water softeners, as their name states, is a system that merely eliminates lime scale and calcium buildup on surfaces by removing minerals which make water hard. While one could say a water softener is also a 'water filter', true whole house water systems encompass a much larger scope of being able to remove not just calcium and magnesium but also particulates and compounds of iron, hydrogen sulfide, bacteria, chlorine, asbestos, and other metallic elements.
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