Water Softener for Whole House Residential
If you live in an area with hard water, you don't have to suffer the effects of hard water. Instead, you can improve your water by investing in a water softener for whole house. Here is what you need to consider when deciding if you want a water softener and a few tips on choosing the best water softener for your needs.
What Are the Benefits of a Water Softener for Whole House?
A water softener for whole house softens all the water that comes into your home, and that offers you a wide range of benefits. In particular, you can enjoy the following advantages when you install this solution in your home:
- Shinier silverware, glasses, mirrors, plumbing fixtures, and any other glass or metal objects you clean with your water
- Softer skin and hair
- Soap lathers more easily so cleaning becomes more effective and requires less soap
- Softer clothing, fabrics last longer, and no dingy grey build up like you get with hard water
- Eliminates mineral build up on appliances
- Improved longevity for all appliances that use water, including washing machines, dishwashers, coffee makers, etc.
Water Filter Versus Water Softener
While you're shopping, you may notice both water filters and water softeners, and you may wonder about the differences between these two solutions. A filter removes contaminants from water, and basically, a water softener is a type of water filter that focuses on removing the minerals that make water hard.
Other types of water filters may focus on other issues such as removing biological contaminants. Additionally, water filters work in a range of different ways including reverse osmosis, activated carbon filters, water ionizers, UV filters, infrared filters, etc., but water softeners usually only come in two different varieties: traditional and salt-free.
How Whole House Water Softeners Work
If you have a water softener for whole house, all the water that enters your home goes through the water softener before being called to other parts of your home (faucets, toilets, appliances, etc.). If you have a lot of scale build-up and other hard water concerns, you should choose a traditional salt-based water filter, but if you only have mild scale build up from hard water mineral deposits, you may be fine with a salt-free water softener. With a traditional water softener, the water goes into a tank filled with salt and ion-exchange resins coated with a sodium solution. When the resin meets the hard water, the calcium and magnesium in the water migrate toward the resin. At the same time, the sodium ions coating the resin go into the water. This exchange process is built on salt, which would be in the brine tank.
With a salt-free water softener, ceramic media attracts and neutralizes the hard water. With hardness up to 25 gpg this is an environmentally friendly option that uses less electricity than a traditional water softener for whole house, and it's the perfect option if you don't want to worry about adding salt to your system.
How to Choose a Water Softener for Whole House
When choosing a water softener for whole house, you should think about the amount of water you use and make sure the softener you select can meet your needs. If you're also worried about water chlorination, bacterial contamination, or iron staining, you may want to get both a whole house water filter and a water softener. In some cases, you may want to combine a whole house water softener with under the sink filters to treat your drinking water.
To learn more, look through our online catalog or contact us directly with questions. At Crystal Quest, we provide a variety of water softeners and filters to meet residential, commercial, and industrial needs.