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Salt Free Water Softeners vs. Salt Based Water Softeners

Salt Free Water Softeners vs. Salt Based Water Softeners

A Water Softener Comparison One of the most common water softener questions that we get asked by people in the market for one is whether it is better to have a salt free or a salt based water softener. To answer this question properly, let’s take a look at both types of systems, their pros and cons, and in what situation each would work best. Salt-Based Water Softeners These types of water softeners remove the hard water minerals from your water and leave you with “soft water”. The process used in these systems is called “Ion exchange,” which removes magnesium and calcium minerals and replaces them with sodium, or salt. Salt-based water softeners require an electric metered valve to be mounted on a tank that runs water through a cleaning cycle. Inside the tank the water comes into contact with tiny salt -covered resin beads that replace the waters hard ions with salt ions. As the tank becomes full, it is recharged with new salt and excess minerals are flushed into the wastewater drain. Salt-Free Water Softeners Salt-free water softeners are also referred to as “water conditioners”. These systems don’t remove the hard water minerals but do stop them from adhering to your pipes. The water conditioning that occurs actually changes the form of the water. This physical process is also known as Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC). The hardness minerals in the water are converted to crystals that can’t bind to surfaces. Which is the Better System for You? Now that you know, the difference between the two systems, it comes down to making a choice as to which...

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