If you’ve heard of ‘salt-free water softeners’, and think it sounds like a great solution, then you might want to be made aware that all is not as it seems. These systems do not soften water, and it is, in fact, very difficult to soften water without salt.

There is a wide range of water softening products, from those that treat your water supply to products such as showerheads. But before you decide to spend your money on one, it’s best to know the facts first.

What is a Water Softener?

A water softener is a device that removes the minerals that cause hard water, but running it through a bed of ion exchange resin, which exchanges the minerals for sodium or potassium ions.

The benefits of softened water are numerous. Plumbing and appliances last longer. Hair and skin are softer and healthier. No more water spots, scale buildup and soap scum everywhere. Spend up to 50 per cent less on soaps, shampoos, detergent, lotions, etc.

What Does a Salt-Free System Do?

Salt-free systems do not remove the hardness minerals and do not affect the concentration of the minerals in hard water.

A more accurate term in ‘salt-free water conditioners’, as all these systems do is help to reduce scale buildup. But as the water is still hard, you will still notice water spots, and need extra soap and suffer from dry skin and hair.

What System is Right for Me?

This will depend on the reasons why you want soft water. If all you are concerned about is the impact of scale buildup that impacts your plumbing and water-using appliances, then a salt-free water softening system might be the solution.

However, if you are looking for soft water, with benefits like healthier skin and hair, virtually no water spots and savings on soap, you need a salt-based water softener.

If you’re looking for water softener services in Beaconsfield, get in touch today.