What’s the difference between salt-free water softening vs. salt water softening?
By Deepak Mishra
There are two types of water treatment systems used by house owners all over the world. One is salt water softening process and the other is salt-free water softening. With the growing challenges in water purifying industries and scary stories of contaminated drinking water, an individual should decide which ones are the best components of their family as per their housing requirements. This article will discuss on these two processes.
When the summer arrives the time for water games, gardening and getting the swimming pool back in shape can become your main priorities. But all this could turn into a nonstop headache if you ignore your water treatment system. As you know, hard water is water that contains calcium, magnesium, and iron. And this hard water creates small problems like shower scaling on shower head/doors/glassware, dingy clothes, the fluctuating nitrate level of your drinking water and “the feeling of being not clean” can not only hamper your summertime, but also cause lots of health problems.
The problems with hard water occur mostly in new residential homes, housing complexes, apartments, and private properties. As we all know, many families head for ready to buy homes as their first purchase due to the hassle-free transaction. But, the truth is most of these houses may or may not contain water treatment systems. This is the reason why many homes in areas of the country with hard water prefer to use salt-free water softening to eliminate the damaging effects of mineral-laden water. The other way one can treat their water is by using salt water softening. But there are customers of ours who cannot decide between salt-free water softening and salt water softening process. So, in this article, we are going to explain a little about both procedures and leave you to decide which one you should prefer.
For starters, the main benefit of Salt-free water softening process provides its maintenance free aspect. There is no electricity, no salty and environmentally unfriendly waste water and no salt/chemicals involved in this process. In the salt-free water softening, the hard particles of water change its form that does not cause scaling on surfaces. This means the hardness minerals are converted to a hardness crystal that is not able to bind to surfaces. This is very useful for people who suffer allergies when contacted with artificial salt.
Saltwater softening, on the other hand, is described as a classic reverse osmosis process. This process requires an electronic metered valve is attached to the water softening machine that meters water by the gallon and then runs a cleaning cycle. This process gives you more of the “slick” feeling of the water in the shower and you will notice the soap creating more bubbles. Added to that, one has to spend a lot of money to maintain the whole process throughout the summers and many times, throughout the year.
Now that you know these two water treatment systems, it’s on you to decide which ones you should go for.