Water Conditioner vs. Water Softener

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Water Conditioner vs. Water Softener

Does your Waterford, MI house have a water conditioner? Or does it have a water softener? Right now, some of you may be asking, “What’s the difference?” Here’s a great way Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing wants you to think about it: Every water conditioner is a water softener but not every water softener also does water conditioning.

Minerals are good & bad

If you’ve lived in Oakland county for very long you know the most common water issue for most people is hard water, which has the presence of minerals. These can build up in your pipes and plumbing fixtures and cause harmful deposits on heating elements in boilers and water heaters. But the minerals, most commonly calcium, magnesium, and silica, do have health benefits.

Water softener

A traditional water softener removes those minerals using salt to create an ion exchange. This gives you all the benefits of soft water, soft hair, skin & laundry, but also means you lost any health benefits you might receive from the minerals.

There is a different process

A water conditioner, on the other hand, handles hard water issues in a more innovative way. It can change the way minerals behave while dissolved in the water. While the minerals are still present for any health benefits, they don’t build up on surfaces and in plumbing fixtures. Keeping the minerals in the water is a good thing, as long as you can stop the damaging side effects.

Additional benefits

Water conditioning can also mean more than just attacking the problem of hard water. Many conditioners are also designed to tackle other water issues like biological contamination including bacteria and algae.

Kotz is here to answer your questions

Sometimes any form of water filtration or purification is called water conditioning. That can lead to confusion. If you have any questions about what’s best for your Waterford, MI home don’t hesitate to call Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Our experts can help solve any water issues you may be facing. For more great information about our home comfort services, be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.