To Filter or to Soften: That is the Question

To Filter or to Soften: That is the Question
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Is the water in your home softened or filtered? Do you know the difference? After today you will. Are you going to be an expert? Surely not; that’s our job. But let’s break it down so you have a better idea of what Culligan products can do for your water:

Filtering

  • Filtering water involves separating mineral particles, like particulates, iron, hydrogen sulfide or other organic matter, from water.
  • By passing water through a “filter bed” or “media bed”, these granular particles are trapped and clean water passes through the bed.

Softening

  • Softening water involves something called “ion exchange” to remove dissolved minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese that can’t be trapped in a filter bed.
  • Softeners contain fresh resin beads with sodium attached to the bead and as water enters the tank, dissolved calcium and magnesium are attracted to the resin.
  • The resin passes up the sodium in exchange for the dissolved chemicals and the water is then rid of these impurities.

Now you might be asking yourself which product is right for you. This depends on whether contaminants in your water are particles or dissolved minerals. Still unsure? Call your Culligan Man! He will be happy to help and provide a water test.