You need clean water for daily activities like cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene. Many Dallas homeowners ask themselves which is best—a water filter or a water softener? Explore the key differences between inline water filters and whole-house water softeners, the advantages they provide and how to determine which one is best for your needs.
An inline water filter is a point-of-entry filtration system that cleans water as it comes into your residence. It’s installed directly on your main water line, removing sediment, chlorine, bacteria and other pollutants from the municipal water supply before flowing to your plumbing fixtures and appliances.
If your water comes from a municipal provider, you may question why you might need an inline water filter. After all, the water is already cleaned at a water treatment plant. However, many local water supplies barely meet EPA standards, and water may be contaminated with impurities between the treatment plant and your faucets. Here’s how installing a water filter can benefit you:
About one-third of American households rely on home treatment systems for quality drinking water. Here are some signals that you should use a whole-house water filter:
A water softener takes away calcium and magnesium from your water supply. A process called ion exchange acts somewhat like a chemical magnet, replacing these “hard” minerals with sodium ions to “soften” the water.
If you have hard water, here’s what you’ll notice once you install a water softener:
Most water supplies in North America are considered moderately hard, hard or very hard. A good way to find out about the quality of water in your home is by reading your city’s water quality report. In the meantime, here are some signs that you could benefit from a water softener:
Inline water filters and water softeners are two tools that provide valuable benefits, but they perform different functions. An inline water filter takes away contaminants and elevates overall water quality, while a water softener specifically targets hard minerals. In some cases, having a water filter and a water softener is appropriate. Evaluate your specific needs and water quality to determine the best solution for your household.
Levy & Son Service Experts is a trusted provider of water treatment solutions in Dallas, including water filters and water softeners from Excalibur. Our skilled specialists can help you decide if one or both solutions are necessary to help you enjoy the best water quality in your Dallas home.
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