The Clearwave CV-125 salt free water conditioner is different from most of the other regular water softeners available in the market.
Most other water softeners remove hardness in the water using pellets of resin charged with sodium ions and the hard water is pumped through the beads, where the mineral ions of the hard water are replaced with the sodium ions that cover the beads, and the mineral ions (such as magnesium and calcium) take their place in the surface of the beads. Once the beads are depleted of sodium ions, they are washed with brine that replenishes them, and to generate such brine a constant supply of salt has to be fed to the water softener.
The Clearwave uses a different technology which does not rely in resin pellets and brine to remove the hardness of water. The Clearwave is a magnetic system which sends water through a pipe with electromagnet coiled around it. This magnetic field will not eliminate the minerals that make water hard, they just change the conformation of these minerals and prevents them from sticking to the internal surfaces of pipes, washing machines, water heaters, dishes or your skin.
This type of water softeners (known as water conditioners, given that they do not eliminate the ions that cause hardness in water) offer a few advantages over the regular resin based systems: they have a much smaller size, they never need to be resupplied with salt and they do not need to regenerate. The Clearwave CW-125 Salt Free Electronic Water Conditioner is actually composed of a simple set of metal coils that are installed above any pipe that supplies water, plus a panel with controls and indicators.
Despite the advantages of this and other salt-free water conditioners, there is currently a debate ongoing among users and scientific researchers regarding their effectiveness.
Some of the advantages of the Clearwave CW-125 Salt Free Electronic Water Conditioner are:
- It consumes less electricity
- It does not need to be replenished with salt, in fact, it does not need any salt to operate
- It is very compact and small in size
- It is inexpensive
- It is very easy to install (in part thanks to its small size)
Some of the disadvantages of the Clearwave CW-125 Salt Free Electronic Water Conditioner are:
- It has to be installed indoors
- It does not gets rid of hard water as a true softener would, instead it just ‘neutralizes’ the minerals that make water hard; as such, it simply will not work if your water is too hard (above 10 GPG) or if the volume of water it has to treat is too large (a household of 6 members or more or more than 3 bathrooms). So, for a bigger household or if your water is too hard then you will need a true water softener
In conclusion, this device is perhaps the most simple to install and use water softener (or conditioner) and is also relatively inexpensive, so it could be a great option for a small-sized household or if you do not have serious problems with the hardness of your water; otherwise, you should probably forget about this and look for other true water softeners.