Most homeowners want to make sure the water quality in their home is safe, pure and tastes great. However, there are many different water treatment systems on the market and choosing the correct system can be a challenge.

In this article we’ll discuss the difference between water softening and water filtration. Knowing the correct choice for your home boils down to understanding what these systems do.

Water Filtration is also referred to as reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis systems such as the Kinetico K5, remove contaminants and dissolved minerals from the water via a set of filters. According to, the benefits of a reverse osmosis system include:

  • Tasteless water – If you find your water has a funny taste, a reverse osmosis system can help by removing the source of the taste.
  • No chemicals – Reverse osmosis systems are more environmentally friendly because they don’t use any chemicals.
  • Soft water – Reverse osmosis systems remove the minerals that cause hard water.
  • Removes odors and unusual colors – Some water contaminants and dissolved minerals can cause strange odors and colors in your water. Reverse osmosis systems remove these minerals and pollutants.

Water Softening is also referred to as water conditioning.

Water softening is the removal of magnesium and calcium from hard water. A water softener “softens” water by replacing these minerals with less destructive minerals (sodium.) The resulting soft water requires less soap for the same cleaning functions. Soft water also extends the life of plumbing by reducing or eliminating scale build-up in pipes and fittings.

According to, the benefits of soft water include:

  • Natural taste
  • Brighter laundry
  • Cleaner dishes
  • Longer-lasting appliances
  • Fewer clogs

A water softener may be a good idea if you have problems with plumbing corrosion due to hard water. Water softeners are not filtration systems and do not remove other contaminants. Where reverse osmosis systems rely on a filter to physically remove contaminants and dissolved minerals from the water, a water softener uses a process known as ionization to replace magnesium and calcium ions with sodium (salt) ions.

Aqua Soft carries a full line of Kinetico drinking water systems, water softeners and whole-house water filtration systems. Find out more about Kientico systems offered by Aqua Soft including the Kinetico Premier Series, Kinetico Signature Series, Kinetico CP Series and Kinetico CC Series.

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Source: Plumbing Today

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