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What's the Difference Between a Water Softener & Conditioner? June 20, 2019

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What's the Difference Between a Water Softener & Conditioner?, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin

Having a quality water supply is critical for your home. When you are planning a water system installation, you may encounter options such as conditioners and softeners. To better understand what these devices are, here’s what you need to know about the two.


Softeners are usually water system installations that reduce hardness. Hardness occurs when minerals such as magnesium and calcium are too high. Typically they utilize one of four different processes—ion exchange with salt, reverse osmosis, deionization, or distillation. Each process has a way of flushing excess minerals from the supply to reduce hardness.

water system installationHard water leaves behind a residue that can affect appliances and degrade dishes, glasses, and laundry. While a softener is helpful in protecting your household items and will make your water feel silkier to the touch, it does not necessarily improve the taste and quality of your supply. Your water will feel better, and your appliances will be saved, but softeners will not purge contaminants.


A conditioner actually improves the quality of the water overall. This component of a water system installation can filter out chlorine and other contaminants, which will make water taste better and be safer to consume overall.

There are a few ways conditioners work. One common option is a carbon filtration system that uses activated carbon to absorb contaminants and produce better-smelling and -tasting water. Another option is the catalytic media conditioner, which is salt-free and does not rely on ion exchanges to soften and condition water; unlike a typical softener, the water supply comes out softer—with better quality.


For a water system installation in the Greater Oconto Falls, WI, area, Luisier Drilling is your top choice. This family-owned well drilling company is a trusted resource for customers who are looking for safe, pure water sources. In addition to a 10-year guarantee on their wells, their knowledgeable team can answer any question and will ensure your residential water system works 24 hours a day. To schedule an appointment, call (920) 848-5239, or visit them online to learn more about their well planning and drilling services.

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