How is a Water Softener Different from a Conditioner?
There are some key differences between a water softener and a water conditioner. A water condition modifies the hardness ions to make it less likely that they will build up on your appliances and fixtures. This can reduce scale build up, but does not actually remove the hardness ions from your water. A water softener on the other hand, completely removes these hardness ions using a process called ion exchange. While both technologies provide good protection from hard water, a water softener will provide the greatest long term protection from hardness ions.
Choosing the right water softener is an important step when determining the ideal treatment solution for your customers' home. Choosing a water softener that is the right size can often be a confusing process. Water softener size depends on the size of a customers home, and how hard their water is. International Filter can assist with the sizing process. Sizing guides for our water softeners can be found in the chart below, or a downloadable version can be found here. If you still need assistance with sizing a water softener for a customers' home, please contact us for technical support.
What is Reverse Osmosis
Reverse osmosis (RO) uses a semipermeable membrane to remove contaminants from your drinking water. The water pressure in your home pushes incoming water through a special membrane to remove a large percentage of impurities. Reverse osmosis (RO) has the potential to remove total dissolved solids, bacteria, lead, nitrates and many more unwanted impurities in your drinking water.