WATER SOFTENER VS RO SYSTEM: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

RO System

Look no further if you are trying to decide whether you should invest in an RO system or in a water softener in your Texas area home.

We know that trying to know exactly what reverse osmosis and water softening are can be challenging for you. Many websites use complex language that only people familiar with water treatment understand. 

That is why Lone Star Water Services created this easy-to-understand guide for those who want to know about RO systems & water softeners. 

Whether you know little or nothing about water filtration systems, after reading this article you can easily understand what these products and services are and what all they offer, the distinctions between them & how they can benefit you.

Reverse Osmosis = Filtration

Water Softener Vs Ro System

RO water filtration systems or reverse osmosis are becoming very popular among homeowners (particularly those with wells) seeking better-tasting & healthier water.

A reverse osmosis system removes dissolved minerals & contaminants in your water by passing them through a filter. Some of the advantages of establishing a whole-home or point-of-use RO system are:

  1. Tasteless water – As soon as you feel that your water has a funny taste, a RO system can help by eliminating the source of the taste.
  2.  No chemicals – Reverse osmosis units are more environmentally-friendly than other water filtration systems or units because they do not use lots of chemicals.
  3.  Soft water – Reverse osmosis or RO systems eliminate the minerals that are the cause of hard water. So if you install a whole-house water system, you can also benefit from fewer corroded pipes.
  4. Removes odors & unusual colors – Some water contaminants & dissolved minerals can cause strange colors & odors in your water. RO systems eliminate these pollutants & minerals.

 

Its uses: A whole-home RO system may be a great idea if you own a house with a well that requires filtration. Also, if the water in your house tastes or smells odd, you can consider installing a point-of-use system below your sink for cleaner, better-tasting, drinking water.

Water Softeners = Conditioning.

While (RO) reverse osmosis systems entirely rely on filter units to actually remove dissolved minerals & contaminants from the water, a water softener utilizes a method known as ionization to replace calcium & magnesium ions with sodium (salt) ions.

Hard water contains pretty high concentrations of dissolved minerals like calcium & magnesium. A water softener “softens” the water by substituting these minerals with less harmful minerals (sodium.)

Advantages of soft water:

  • Natural taste
  • Brighter laundry
  • Cleaner dishes
  • Longer-lasting appliances
  • Fewer clogs

Hard water causes various problems in a home, and water softeners are designed to help lessen those problems. 

Its uses: A water softener is a good idea if you continuously notice problems like corrosion in the plumbing pipes because of hard water. Also, note that water softeners are not water filtration systems & they don’t remove other contaminants.

Want more assistance evaluating the water quality requirements of your house? Lone Star Water Services would be happy to help. 

You can contact us by filling a simple form at https://lonestarwaterservice.com/contact-us/. You can also call us & discuss your concern regarding water filtration systems at 512-805-1220.

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