March 19, 2020
There are three reasons why people want to condition or filter their water:
So, let’s start with conditioning water that’s too hard or soft.
Hard water is water with a high, sometimes too high, mineral content — usually magnesium and calcium.
Hard water tastes good for drinking, but it’s a pain for everything else, and typically leads to:
Hard water is also hard on home appliances and uses up more energy.
That’s because soap isn’t as effective in hard water. The soap reacts to the magnesium and calcium in hard water, preventing it from lathering properly — you’ll definitely notice this when washing your hair in a shower with hard water.
Limescale — the dissolved minerals that builds up on appliances and looks ugly on faucets, tubs, and tea kettles — can also hurt appliances.
Soft water, on the other hand, is water with too few dissolved minerals, other than sodium, which is responsible for the salty and “flat” taste.
In general, soft water makes for lousy drinking water, but much better water for cleaning and your appliances.
With softer water, soap will lather better and leave items cleaner:
In addition to time, this can also save money, as less soap and fewer detergents will be used. Energy bills are noticeably lower in households with water softeners.
Since appliances have to work less hard, soft water can also prolong the life of washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters.
If your water is too hard, you can install a whole-home water filtration or conditioner to solve that problem.
These systems remove enough minerals to make the water great for cleaning and your appliances, but still leave enough minerals for taste.
This can be done through a filtering system or through a deionizer. Water deionizers are a solid choice if you only want to condition your water and remove the hardness.
But filtering systems also remove contaminants from water as well as conditioning it, so they have some real advantages.
If your home’s tap water is too soft, you have some other options, but you’ll definitely want to treat your water, either at the tap or through a whole home system.
Whole home water filters come in two general types: reverse osmosis and distillation. But before discussing these technologies, let’s talk about water taste.
Fortunately, most culprits of bad-tasting water can be removed with a decent carbon filter.
This is why filtering water pitchers do a decent job of improving the taste of tap water.
Unfortunately, just because your water is made to taste better, doesn’t mean that all the health hazards have been removed — many of which can’t be removed by carbon filters.
And that’s where advanced filtering for water contaminants comes in.
Unless your tap water comes from a well, your municipality should be filtering and treating water for you.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean all contaminants have been removed, or removed at levels that you would deem safe.
If you’d like to know how your tap water stacks up, look up your zip code on the Environmental Working Group’s website
They’ll show you exactly what is and isn’t getting through the treatment plant and to your tap.
And if that information makes you want to take your water quality into your own hands, you’ll generally want a whole home filtration system installed.
You’ll want your system to have multiple stages:
Not only will you be left with great-tasting water, but the water you bathe, shower in, and wash your clothes in will be treated.
For example, many homeowners — even if they don’t have hard water — find that eliminating the chlorine from their shower water leaves their hair healthier and shinier.
There are no cons for Reverse Osmosis (RO) when compared to Distillation.
Here’s the comparison:
This is why Plumbline Services proudly features the best multi-stage whole home Reverse Osmosis water purifiers on the market.
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