What Are The Differences Between a Water Softener and a Water Conditioner?
This is common question among people who have never owned either a water softener or conditioner. While water softeners and water conditioners do basically the same thing; a water softener uses sodium molecules or salt pellets to capture hard minerals. A water conditioning unit does not use salt. In South Texas, and certainly San Antonio, the water is very hard, so owning a water softener or conditioner is incredibly helpful.
Both a water softener and water conditioner system is connected at the in-line of a home’s water supply. When the water is routed into the house, it first flows through either one of these systems before being routed into the rest of the house.
A water softener requires salt pellets. They are added to the main container and is mixed with the water before being filtered through. As water enters into the water softener unit, the sodium molecules from the salt pellets captures many hard minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, lime, and nickel . While the minerals are not actually removed from the water, they are simply coated so that they do not corrode fixtures, faucets, and appliances. The result is soft water and its many benefits.
People will begin to notice that showers do not take long; soaps will rinse better when they are not binding to hard minerals in the water. Soft water cleans dishes more effectively, and have less (or usually no) spots because of the way of hard water minerals are enveloped in the water. Another huge benefit is that you will use far less labor while cleaning. Soft water eliminates soap scum, and leaves fixtures sparkling and shining!
Disadvantages of Owning a Water Softener instead of a Water Conditioner
There are a few disadvantages to having a water softener versus a conditioner. One aspect is that water softeners require routine maintenance and monitoring to ensure smooth operation. Also, salt pellets, over time, can cause corrosion of pipes and as such, need to be monitored routinely.
Water conditioners, however, normally operate without the salt pellets to soften the water. While water conditioners vary, they are all virtually designed to function in the same manner. The basic design of a water conditioner is comprised of a conductive plate inside the unit that becomes electrolyzed, and attracts all of the hard minerals to the conductive plate, and consequently produces soft water in this way.
Plates need to be replaced over time, but the conductive plates within a water conditioner are sturdy and last a long time. Additionally, there are advantages to owning a water conditioner unit in San Antonio, TX such as chlorine removal, hard minerals removal, such as calcium and magnesium, and bacteria that might be present in the water supply.
For more information about a Water Conditioner in San Antonio call us today at (210) 342-2290. Visit our website at www.aquamanwater.com