WHAT IS A WATER SOFTENER?
The chemical composition of the water is altered by a water softener. A water softener uses an ion exchange process to remove minerals from water. A water softener is made up of two tanks. One contains resin beds, while the other is a brine tank. Your water softener will change the chemical composition of the water through ion exchange.
First, the incoming water from the house will enter the tank, where the resin beds will be charged with sodium ions. When water passes through the resin beds, the calcium and magnesium minerals are trapped and replaced with sodium. When your resin beds become clogged with minerals, the brine tank will produce a cleaning solution. This is referred to as regeneration.
Bags of salt are required in the brine tank to create the solution and charge the resin beds with sodium. Although the sodium content of your water is low, if you follow a low sodium diet, we recommend using potassium instead of salt.
With a water softener, the taste of the water will change, there will be more lather, and there will be no more soap scum.
WHAT IS WATER DESCALER?
A water descaler, also known as a water conditioner, is a system that mitigates the effects of hard water by reducing the scale deposits, or build-up, that are left on the surfaces with which the water comes into contact. A magnetic field is used by water descalers to charge the mineral particles in the water. This causes mineral particles to remain in the water rather than being transferred to surfaces such as your bathtub, shower wall, or sink.
Apart from removing contaminants in water, the primary function of a water descaler is to prevent calcium and magnesium minerals from forming build-ups and scale deposits.
A water descaler accomplishes this by employing a variety of technologies. Some are magnets that are placed in your pipes, while others use a low voltage current. The final ones will form crystals that prevent scaling on your surfaces, a process known as template assisted crystallisation.
The first two types of water descalers will charge the minerals with a magnetic field, forcing them to remain in the water.
Despite the fact that a water descaler will provide you with the same benefit as a water softener in terms of cleaning the house, the bottom line is that the water that runs through your plumbing system is still hard water that could cause your appliances to break down.
It is true that a descaler will save you money on installation and maintenance, but the final decision will be based on your priorities.
What is the Difference Between a Water Softener and Water Descaler?
The main difference between these systems is that a water softener will remove all of the hardness in your water, resulting in a 0 GPG count. A water descaler will not lower your GPG count, but it will prevent all of the side effects of hard water.
A water softener, as opposed to a descaler, will also take up more space in your home. A water softener requires two tanks to function, whereas a descaler is smaller and has fewer location constraints. A water softener will require routine maintenance, whereas a descaler will require only a few checks.
Which water filtration system is best for your home is determined by your needs and what you want to achieve. If you want an easy-to-maintain system and the water hardness in your area is not too high, you can buy a water descaler. However, if you have a high level of water hardness that interferes with your daily activities, a water softener is the best option.