Choosing a type of filtration system for your home depends on what you want to get out of it. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers guidelines for choosing a water treatment system based on the problems with the water that you want to solve. However, many homeowners may have multiple problems that require a more comprehensive solution of combining filtration and water purification by using both a reverse osmosis (RO) purifier and a whole home water softener.
What Is the Difference Between a Reverse Osmosis System and a Whole Home Water Softener?
Reverse osmosis and a whole home water softener perform different tasks for the home’s water. Because they each serve to treat the water in specific ways, having both maximizes the flavor of the water while removing unwanted chemicals left from municipal water treatment processes.
First, a water softener exchanges the hard-water ions of magnesium and calcium with salt ions. This exchange reduces dissolved solids in the water, which contribute to the premature aging of your water heater and plumbing. You will need to use less soap when cleaning with softer water. Plus, the Oceanus DR water softener also filters chemicals such as chlorides from the water, so you can enjoy healthier water from all the taps in your home.
A reverse osmosis system will also remove dissolved solids, but it does not use an ion exchange. Instead, the multiple filters of the system remove both chemicals and solids from the water. This system filters the water multiple times to remove even more undesirable compounds that could contribute to off smells or flavors in your water. An RO purifier produces truly pure water that you can feel good about drinking.
Isn’t Having a Reverse Osmosis Purifier Redundant?
The intense process the water must go through to remove contaminants requires multiple passes through various filters. In fact, a top reverse osmosis purification system can only process 50 gallons of water a day. This amount is perfect for drinking and cooking. However, it is not enough for bathing, washing clothes, or running a dishwasher. Therefore, you will need a whole-home filtration system to treat the rest of the water in the home while using a reverse osmosis system at the kitchen sink to get the best-tasting drinking water possible.
Connect with Best Home Water Treatment Systems for a Water Filtration and Purification Package
If you want the advantages of soft water throughout your home and better-tasting water from your kitchen, consider the DR series package that includes both an RO system and a whole home water softener. You can find this package or individual water treatment solutions from us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems. Phone us at 951.737.1500 or reach out to us online with questions or to set up an appointment with one of our water treatment experts.