Reverse Osmosis Vs. Water Softening: Do I Need Both?
If you have a water softener in your home, you may feel pretty good about your water. But in fact, even after being processed by a water softener, impurities may remain in the water you drink and with which you wash foods and cook. Reverse osmosis can remove those impurities from your already-softened drinking water –including 98 percent of all sodium left in the water from the softening process.
And that’s not all, here are three reasons why reverse osmosis and a water softener make a great combination.
Why Reverse Osmosis and Softening Work Well Together
2. Quality Water:
A softener and an R.O. system are a great combination because while the softener will give you soft water throughout the entire home by removing minerals that make your water hard, an RO system will give your household outstanding drinking water by removing most impurities (including hydrocarbons, sulfates, cadmium, pesticides and more).
3. Cost Savings:
Most water softener owners have found that with the savings in energy costs, extension of appliance lifespan, and lower soap/shampoo/detergent usage–a water softener can pay for itself pretty quickly. And not to be outdone–RO system owners find they save money, too. After installing an RO system, they eliminate the cost of bottled water from the family budget (as RO costs pennies per gallon), not to mention that most families save money by buying fewer sugaring drinks after an RO unit has been installed).
Thus, a softener and RO are a great pair that will reduce your expenses, plus provide you with outstanding, quality water.
Considerations When Choosing a Reverse Osmosis System
If you already have a home water softener system, you should choose a reverse osmosis system that will not interfere in any way with that system, and that will not be compromised by the operation of your water softener system. Evaluate warranties that come with reverse osmosis systems to learn exactly what is covered and for how long. Find out how much sound the system makes to be sure noise won’t be a problem, and learn how simple or complex filter maintenance is.
Benefits You’ll Enjoy With a Reverse Osmosis System
By using a reverse osmosis system in addition to your water softener, you’re giving your family the purest drinking water possible. Reverse osmosis removes a number of impurities that are commonly found in ordinary tap water–making your drinking water taste better. With a reverse osmosis system you can be confident you’re giving your family clean, purified water that is so vital to their health and development.