Have you ever wondered what the difference is between distilled and purified water? What are the pros and cons of both? Distilled water has all of the minerals and impurities removed and purified water is a mix of spring and distilled water. Spring water has all the minerals in the water. Soft water is water that has had the "hardness", impurities like magnesium and calcium, removed and replaced with salt. A common question is whether distilled or purified or soft is better. The answer depends on the use, however, a great place to start is getting your water quality checked. WaterSmart professionals can equip you with the knowledge you need so that your home can be equipped with the right tools and information to keep your water soft, safe, and keep you healthy. Contact the local experts at WaterSmart today to check your water quality.
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Distilled Water vs. Filtered Water vs. Soft Water
What is Distilled Water?
Spring water has all the minerals in the water. It is good for people drinking straight water because it has the minerals in the water and a little more taste to it.
Distilled water has all the minerals or impurities removed. It is excellent in machinery because it won't leave any mineral buildup. Some people also enjoy drinking it, but most of those people have switched over to the purified water.
How is Water Distilled?
Distilled water is filtered by boiling the water to separate the water molecules from other elements, like hard minerals. The pure water vapour is then separated from the contaminants so that it is entirely purified. Because different liquids and solids have different boiling points, distillation allows the water to be separated from all other minerals and impurities.
Benefits of Distilled Water
Because impurities are removed from distilled water it makes it pure and safe for use in medical and chemical applications. Distilled water is safe to drink, however, you may lack minerals that are healthy by drinking only distilled water. Minerals like calcium, fluoride, and magnesium are important in the everyday diet.
What is Filtered Water?
Filtered water is a happy mix between spring and distilled water. It is very close to the same quality as distilled with the impurities removed but still has the oxygen in the water so it has some life to it if you're drinking it straight. It makes excellent tea, coffee and juices. The lack of minerals allows for more flavour.
Benefits of Filtered Water
Along with tasting better, filtered water has been purified from health risks due to unwanted contaminants. Because it is free of unwanted contaminants it is beneficial health wise and is overall the best type of water for drinking.
How is Water Filtered?
Water is filtered in a number of ways. Filtration means that the water has gone through a purification process to get rid of unwanted minerals and contaminants. Water can be purified through reverse osmosis or a water softener.
Filtration Through Reverse Osmosis
What is Reverse Osmosis?
Reverse osmosis (R/O) is a water treatment process which takes tap water and forces it through a semi-permeable membrane that has very small holes or "pores." Clean water then passes through the membrane, however, impurities that are too big to pass through the membrane are left behind and flushed away. Click here to read more about how reverse osmosis works.
What is Soft Water?
Soft water is water that was previously "hard" and has been softened through a filtration process. Hard water contains minerals that can make cleaning chores difficult, and damage our plumbing and appliances.
Benefits of Soft Water
There are a number of benefits of having soft water. Soft water eliminates buildup on faucets, pipes, and appliances. Soft water also is better and more efficient for cleaning, for your skin, and hair. Overall, soft water also decreases water-related costs. Appliances that use water have to use significantly more water when the water is hard. As well, water softening makes water heating easier, therefore decreasing the cost of your water heating bill.
How is Water Softened?
Water is softened when calcium and magnesium ions are removed from the water and replaced by sodium. Hard water enters the resin tank. The resin beads then attract the calcium and magnesium ions like a magnet. This separates the ions from the water and the impurities are replaced with sodium, making the water soft.
WaterSmart - We Take Water Seriously
Since 1994, WaterSmart Systems has consistently offered its customers in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and surrounding areas innovative, quality products and excellent service. We are a water softener and full plumbing service company that you can trust. Along with our products that will serve all of your home water softening needs, we value our customers and getting them what they need and not pressuring them for sales. At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. If you have questions about your water quality or the type of water you need, drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water. If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. Trust WaterSmart, we know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.