It’s true, having soft water in a household benefits the user in many ways, but what is the right softener for your needs?
What is the idea behind salt free systems?
After having been asked about salt free systems a number of times I thought it would be best to find out more about them. In doing a bit of digging on the Internet it didn’t take me long at all to find the controversy about them. What I have seen is that the key points against salt free systems would be: you can’t soften water without an Ion exchange and to soften water you need to remove the calcium and magnesium. Most suppliers of conventional systems are calling them water conditioners not softeners.
Almost all of these salt free systems claim to electronically change the molecular structure of the calcium/magnesium in the water reducing the negative effects of hard water. Some other systems that are available act as a central filter, similar to a conventional softener, but do not require salt.
What does a water hardness test read after a test?
How costly are the filters and will they work for you?
I have not personally tested any or all of the different salt free softeners and do not have first hand experience with these systems but I can tell you that Nimbus Water has purchased and tested a number of these systems and choose not to sell them because they don’t work. I have always followed a simple rule and that is ” if it sounds to good to be true it probably is”. I believe this to be the case when it comes to a “Salt Free” water softener. Conventional systems are time tested and true to work, I’m not against technology that makes life simpler for people but nobody has ever doubted the performance of a conventional system… I have a water softener that uses salt, I know it works and am thrilled with its results. I know my choice but would love to hear yours. If you have had any experience, good or bad, with a salt free system please leave a comment I would love to discuss further!