The two newest types of Water softeners are Magnetic water conditioners and Salt-free water softeners; both with their fundamental differences, particular advantages and disadvantages and separate features. Let’s take closer look at each of these types and find out the realities of Water softeners that only require electricity to work.
First of all, both of these types, Magnetic conditioners and Salt-free softeners, have the same advantages over the traditional Salt-based water softeners. The first is that they are easier to operate and maintain, which can be a special attractive advantage for users who are looking for their first water softening device and have no experience with them, or for users who want to save their time, efforts and money by using devices with simplified installation, operation and maintenance.
The second advantage they have over the traditional Salt-based water softeners is that they are more compact, they have fewer pieces and parts since they do not need tanks for salt or brine. Also, since they have fewer parts, that means that there are fewer components and pieces that can break down, and fewer things that can go wrong, so they are more reliable. This also means they have a smaller size and require less space.
Besides all that, they are cheaper to operate since they require no salt or anything else to work, just electricity.
Let’s now take a look at each of these types of water softening devices and their particular disadvantages.
Magnetic water conditioners
Magnetic water conditioners are the smallest commercially devices available to treat hardness in water. Most of the models of this type of water softening devices consist of coil that is wrapped around the main water intake pipe of your home. This simplicity and lower costs may sound attractive at first; however, these devices also have the worst disadvantages.
First of all, they do not remove the salts that cause hardness; they merely alter their molecular conformation to reduce the negative effects of hard water. However, this effect is only temporary and lasts 48 hours at best, after which water becomes as hard as it was originally. This is especially bad for places and devices in which water remains still for long periods of time such as water heaters. Thus, since they are not true Water softeners they are called Water conditioners.
Salt-free water softeners
Salt-free water softeners are also compact electric devices like Magnetic water conditioners that also change the molecular conformation of the salts that cause hardness; however, they work in a completely different way. Salt-free water softeners use a technology known as Template Assisted Crystallization or TAC; in essence, Salt-free water softeners transform the salts that cause hardness into crystals, which are completely harmless, and this effect is permanent.
The disadvantages are that they do not really remove these salts, which would be preferred by some users. Another obvious disadvantage is that they need electricity to work, also they are less effective than traditional Sat-based systems and may not eliminate all of the hardness, especially if your level of hardness is of 8 GPG or more; and finally, they are much more expensive than Salt-based softeners.
In conclusion, Salt-free water softening devices are attractive options but they are not without their very significant disadvantages, which is why most users still prefer Salt-based water softeners, and especial care and thought should be given to which option could be the most appropriate for you.
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