From lime scaling to the breakdown of machinery, hard water causes a lot of troubles in daily household chores. It makes hair frizzy and dull, leaves spots on tiles and of course increases water consumption. You can relate to it if you are dealing with hard water. Solution to this problem is getting a water softener system for your home. The challenge is to find an affordable, convenient and appropriate water softener.
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Two types of water softeners are available in the market i.e. Salt Based or Salt-Free Water Softeners. Do you want to know which softening system is best for your home? Check out some of the best water softener systems for 2019 and stay tuned to this page for more information!
Salt Based Water Softeners Mechanism:
Water softening means to alter hard water into soft water, by removing minerals (calcium sulfate, magnesium, and iron) by an ion exchange process. Salt-based water softeners consist of resin bed that filters out the hardness of water by sodium.
When resin bed reaches a saturation point, regeneration cycle begins and then water flows from the valve to backflushes, where minerals get trapped and later drains out. A minimal amount of sodium gets transferred to the soft water (which is considered negligible).
- A salt based softener will make sure that minerals causing hard water are entirely removed from the water.
- It ensures descaling of stubborn limescale from pipes, fittings, and everything that comes in contact with it.
- Water-based equipment like boilers and heaters will last longer. It is reported that hard water reduces the efficacy of appliances by 40 percent.
- Water consumption will be reduced and time will be saved. Now, you don’t need to spend the time removing soap scum from the skin. Even clothes will feel fresh and light, no white film of detergent will be present.
- A salt based softener is a bit expensive.
- It requires more maintenance because of the way it works
- As salt are the core ingredient resin beds needs to be changed within a period of time.
- Water is wasted during the regeneration process.
Salt-free Softeners Mechanism:
As the name says salt-free, these softeners do not use salts for water softening. They primarily descale lime scaling. There is no ion exchange process instead it uses a catalytic method known as Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC). Citric acid is used to balance the pH levels of water known as conditioning.
No impurities are trapped hence no cleaning process needed.
- Less expensive and long-lasting than salt based systems.
- No chemicals are involved and as it is salt-free there is no sodium present in water
- They are easy to install and come with installation kit.
- It requires less space for installation and fits to even tight places.
- It saves water, energy, and money.
- It does not wash away natural nutrients of water.
- It is the best option if you are looking to get rid of limescale completely.
- Fewer maintenance costs are involved and you have a lot of options to choose from.
- It does not remove rocks and minerals completely from water as it is mainly used for removing limescale.
- Cartridges need to be replaced timely.
Which is a better system for your home?
Now you know all the necessary information that is needed to choose a water softener. You have both options. Go with the system which suits your current situation after analyzing water pH, space, people and expenses. Choose wisely!