Protect Your Appliances with the Best Water Softeners
Hard water is known to cause more harm than good in households, therefore people are in constant search of a suitable water softener for homes. First of all there are a number of factors to consider before purchasing one than just the price. Also a lot of research to do before deciding on the product that is just for you and your home. It would be sad and frustrating to buy a product just to find out that it does not fit your situation, right? Just among the factors to consider before making a decision includes how hard the water is. If it is really hard then salt less softener would not work for you. Here is a list of the type of softeners; they are in two categories, the salt based systems and the salt less systems.
Salt based systems; it uses a mechanism where hard water ions are exchanged for saltwater ions. The salt water ions in this instance are sodium, so a brine tank is required, which is topped up occasionally for the system to work efficiently. It is however not recommended for drinking as there are high levels of sodium in the softened water. It is possible to use this system and leave a tap or two with hard water for cooking and drinking. The best performing systems are made by FLECK. Ensure you read their reviews before concluding. Salt based systems have actually been rated the best when it comes to softening hard water; in fact, there is nothing better in treating hard water than a salt system. These systems more often than not require regeneration, to get rid of the built up hard water ions from the system. The three common types of regeneration include
Meter regeneration is the most hands-off and common since recharge is actually based on your water usage.
The merits of using salt based softeners are:
It is effective in reducing hard water problems like 100% of the time.
Minimum cost is incurred so it saves your money
Ensures you get the maximum benefits of soft water or instance soft skin and easier to clean.
Require little or no maintenance since most are the ‘set and forget’.
However, nothing’s ever perfect. That takes us to the cons;
They are usually large machines; space is required to have them installed.
A drain is required for discharge of the brine tank.
Salt less systems
These are also becoming very common. However they are not suitable for water that is very hard. There are contradicting opinions in the market on how effective they are in softening hard water. These systems include complex processes to soften the water but the end product is worth it.
Run at low costs since they do not need additives like salt thus maintenance is easy.
Gets rid of existing scales in your plumbing system
No drain required for installation as opposed to the salt systems.