Water softening is a hot topic with loads of misinformation floating around. Here, experts from Green Water Technologies of Texas answer a few common questions about these processes and shed light on the key difference between water softening and water conditioning.
Q: What is hard water?
Green Water Technologies: Hard, unconditioned water is a common problem throughout the United States. This is water that, over time, has collected an excess of calcium and magnesium – two vital minerals that can cause trouble in higher-than-normal concentrations.
Q: How does hard, unconditioned water affect my home?
Green Water Technologies: One of the most evident signs of hard water is soap scum build up in the bathroom and kitchen. The most troubling signs, however, aren’t usually visible on the surface. A buildup of calcium and magnesium can quickly damage the moving parts of water-using appliances. Many homes with hard water experience a drastic reduction in the efficiency of their hot water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine. These appliances may need to be replaced well before their intended lifespan. Hard, unconditioned water may also leave hair dry and brittle and may cause eczema in people with sensitive skin.
Q: What is the difference between a hard water softener and a water conditioner?
Green Water Technologies: The two are similar in that they both work to reduce or eliminate minerals in the water. A water softener, however, actually replaces harder minerals with softer minerals, usually potassium or sodium. A water conditioner simply removes the calcium but does not technically soften the water.
Q: Which system is best?
Green Water Technologies: We prefer the GE Pro-Elite Professional Series Water Treatment System. This is a whole home water treatment appliance that not only removes minerals but helps reduce your home’s energy consumption, too. It is the most advanced product of its kind and is exclusively available through trusted GE dealers.