When it comes to our homes, we all want pure, filtered, great-tasting water for our families. However, in Southern Nevada, we deal with particularly hard water¹ that can be damaging in many ways. But how can you condition and soften your water before it enters your home? Should you get a water conditioner or water softener? The Rain Water Conditioning team shares what you need to know.

Water Softener Process

What Does a Water Softener Do?

A water softener has one main purpose—to remove hard minerals from your water. They are very common in Las Vegas and other areas of the country that deal with hard water and its effects. In fact, they are the most common method of treating hard water in homes.

Water softening systems use the process of ion exchange to capture minerals, like calcium and magnesium, and allow soft water to flow into your home. Only needing salt and resin beads, a water softener is an excellent way to avoid the issues associated with hard water, including damage to your appliances, dingy dishes and laundry, and dry skin and hair.

Want to learn more about water softeners? Contact our water filtration experts today for more information!

What Does a Water Conditioner Do?

Many people assume that a water conditioner is the same thing as a water filtration system. They think of a water conditioner as a big carbon filter. However, filtering water is only one part of what a water conditioner can do. Water conditioning systems definitely purify water by removing harmful chemicals, toxins, and pollutants from your water supply—but they can also soften water!

Much like a water softener, some water conditioners use salt and ion exchange to remove damaging minerals from the water. This means you can remove hardness AND chemicals, taste, and odor from your water with a water conditioning system.

There are technical differences between water softeners and water conditioners, with quite a few distinctions between different brands of water softeners and water conditioners as well. In general, a water conditioner is meant to improve the overall quality of your water, including effective filtration and water softening.

Our water experts can help you choose which water treatment system fits your lifestyle and budget. Call us today to learn more!

filling up a drinking glass-withsoft water that has been filteredWater Softener or Water Conditioner – Which System Is Best?

If you’re ready for a water treatment system for your home and are unsure of which one is right for you, it’s a good idea to weigh your options by looking at their unique features. Here are some things to consider:

Water Softeners From Rain Water of Las Vegas

  • Effectively removes hard minerals from water
  • The system utilizes salt that is periodically replaced
  • Provides soft water for your whole house
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Will start to soften your water right away

Water Conditioners from Rain Water of Las Vegas

  • Effectively removes chemicals and other contaminants from water
  • Improves the taste and smell of your water
  • Softens water by removing hard minerals
  • The system utilizes salt that is periodically replaced
  • Exceptional flow rates and no drop in water pressure
  • Provides soft, filtered water for your whole house
  • Will start to soften and filter your water right away

The biggest difference between a water softener and water conditioner is the filtration aspect. If you’re concerned about harmful substances, chemicals, and contaminants in your water supply, a water conditioner is your best choice. However, if you only want to soften your water to avoid hard water damage, a water softener is the ideal option.

Water Treatment Systems at Rain Water Conditioning

Both water softeners and water conditioners at Rain Water Conditioning are designed specifically for the hard water in Las Vegas. If you’re unsure of which water treatment system would work best for you, contact our team today! We can walk you through the features of each system and give you a free estimate.


¹Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD). Facts About Our Water. Retrieved 22 December 2021.

Additional Resources:

How Long Does a Water Softener Last?

Can You Drink Soft Water?

The Damaging Effects of Hard Water

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