What’s the Difference Between a Water Softener & Water Conditioner?
Both water softeners and water conditioners will help prevent mineral deposits from building up on appliances, plumbing, and more. The major difference between them is how they do it.
A water conditioner is sometimes also called a saltless water softener. These devices will alter the minerals in the water, making it more difficult for them to stick to surfaces like pipes and dishes. You will still get some scale (or mineral deposits); however, you will definitely notice a decrease.
A water softener uses salt to eliminate the mineral deposits from the water completely. With the minerals removed from the water, you shouldn’t notice scale or build-up on dishes, appliances, or pipes at all.
How Do I Know if I Need a Water Softener or Conditioner?
Calgary’s water is hard, meaning you could absolutely benefit from a water softener if you don’t already have one. Signs of hard water’s effect on your home include:
- White, powdery film on dishes and cutlery
- Faded clothes
- Regular plumbing problems
- Stains in your sinks, showers, or bathtubs