A water softener reduces hardness via the process of ion exchange. A whole house water filter reduces dirt and sediment from the water supply through a mechanical process.
The whole house water filter is connected to the main water line before it splits into the hot water heater. If you are on municipally supplied water, the typical contaminants of concern are chlorine and chemicals, sediment and hardness minerals. The types of contaminants typically found in a private well water supply are sediment, iron and hardness minerals and can vary from nuisance contaminants to toxic or damaging.
Sediment refers to visible particles in the water which need to be mechanically strained out such as dirt, dust, rust and sand.
Conventional water softeners require a separate whole house water filter be installed and recommend, “Reusable filters should also be strongly considered.” However, Hague’s WaterMax combines both the water softener and the whole house water filter into one single unit.
The whole house water filter on the WaterMax is sealed within the unit requiring NO FILTER CHANGES.
The WaterMax’s built in self-cleaning whole house water filter carries a 25 year warranty.