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What is the difference between water softener and RO system?

Posted on April 20, 2018 What is the difference between water softener and RO system?

Homeowners looking to improve the quality of their water are often confused to the difference between water softener and RO system. Knowing which one is the right option, one needs to understand what each of these water treatment systems does and how they can benefit you and your family. This article will help you to differentiate the two.

What is a softener unit? When is it needed?

A water softener is designed to remove the hardness (a combination of Calcium & Magnesium salts) from the water by a process known as ion exchange. Hard water is water that contains high concentrations of dissolved minerals like magnesium and calcium (between 120-180 PPM). Anything below this limit is mildly hard, and over this is very hard.

The media, called resin, in the water softener, is charged with sodium ions from the brine (sodium chloride) contained in the brine tank, during the regeneration process. The calcium and magnesium which come in contact with the resin beads are exchanged for sodium on the resin. Thus converting hard water into soft water

When is water softener needed?

Groundwater (from bore wells, tube wells, hand-pumps, and wells) by and large is hard in nature. This is because water is a universal solvent and absorbs the minerals (Calcium and Magnesium) as it travels through the earth crust & beneath the ground.

A water softener softens water by replacing these minerals with less destructive minerals (sodium). Hardness in the water causes the scale to form inside pipes, water heaters or boilers. This scale shortens the life of these products. Read the complete guide to know how hard water affects your everyday life.

Water softener Benefits:

  1. Cleaner and shinier glassware, silverware, mirrors, tiles, or any plumbing fixtures.
  2. Softer skin and clean, smooth hair.
  3. Brighter laundry
  4. Usage and cost of soap and shampoo reduce by 75% because of the rich lather softened water and soap produces.
  5. Extend the life of water equipment such as water heaters, ice makers, coffee machines, dishwashers and laundry equipment.
  6. Saves money on monthly energy costs and damages to appliances.

When is RO system needed?

Soft water processed from a softener can be used for all other purposes except for drinking. This water cannot be used for consumption directly as a softener will only reduce hardness in water but will not change the existing TDS levels in water. It is mandatory to use an RO system for drinking purposes after a softener.

RO purifiers filter out or separate 90% of dissolved pollutants through its semi-permeable membrane. Chemically unsafe water adversely affects the taste of water beside causing serious gastrointestinal problems. Borewell (groundwater)/tanker water most often contains high levels of Calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, manganese, bicarbonate, chloride, sulfate, nitrate & carbonate. This is referred to as TDS (total dissolved solids) in water.  As per the IS norms, TDS over 500 ppm is not recommended for drinking.

Benefits of RO System:

  1. Reduces 90% of dissolved pollutants
  2. Removes Heavy metal contaminants
  3. Removes Pesticides
  4. Removes Organic impurities
  5. Enhances the taste of water
  6. A continuous flow of safe water

How the combination of Dual Media Filter (DMF) + Softeners + Kitchen RO System+ UV Protection work?

Alfaa UV offers VillaPure – whole house pure water systems as a solution which uses a Dual Media Filter (DMF), a softener, and a UV system at the point of entry, together with RO (Reverse Osmosis) at the point of use to provide treated water which is soft & microbiologically safe in every tap across the house.
VillaPure – Whole House Pure Water System is designed to tackle the hard water problems which contain a significant amount of turbidity, dissolved minerals, and other chemical & microbiological contaminants leading to issues while bathing & washing, staining of laundry & corrosion of pipes and equipment, plus huge electricity bills.

VillaPure – Whole House Pure Water Systems are fully automatic, premium water purification systems that ensure CLEAN, SOFT & SAFE water in every tap in your villa/bungalow.

Contact us today for free consultation.

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