The Best Water Softener for Hard Water

August 19, 2021

When it comes to water conditioning systems, consumers have multiple options. Which is the best choice? As with a lot of things, the answer is, “It depends.” There are many factors that you should weigh as you choose water conditioning systems for your property.

Here’s what you need to know about the different types of water conditioning systems:

  • Salt-based water softeners: These are the most common water conditioning systems. They are typically appropriate for most homes, from small condos to mansions. They operate using an ion-exchange system which removes heavy minerals from your water, so it does not damage fixtures, appliances or skin.
  • Salt-free water softeners: These systems don’t remove mineral deposits. Instead, they use a Template-Assisted Crystallization (TAC) method that prevents buildup of minerals. Because these water conditioning systems are smaller than salt-based systems, they require less space, so they can be a good choice for smaller spaces. However, they are usually not the best choice for homes with high levels of water usage.
  • Dual-tank water softeners: These systems are salt-based and feature two tanks. They differ from the single-tank models in that one tank continues to provide softened water while the other completes a regeneration cycle. Due to their size, these water conditioning systems aren’t suitable for all homes, and most settings don’t require the extra tank. They are good if you are concerned about ever running out of softened water, but you’ll pay extra for this feature.
  • Magnetic water softeners: These systems use a magnetic field to neutralize heavy minerals rather than removing them from the water. Instead of connecting to the water system, they are placed on the outside of the piping and are wired to your electrical system. These water conditioning systems are great for small spaces since they take up virtually no space at all. They are good for light to moderate hard water issues.

Features to consider

As you choose from these various water conditioning systems, there are key features you should consider. First is the capacity of the system. The capacity is measured by the grains per week that the softener can handle before it must be replenished. Larger homes, of course, will need a softener with a larger capacity. Additionally, the harder your water is, the higher capacity system you will need.

The second key feature is space. How much space do you have for the unit and tank or tanks? For some water conditioning systems, you will need a significant amount of floor space to devote to the components. For others, such as the magnetic style, you’ll need very little space.

Learn more

Not sure which of these water conditioning systems is best to solve your hard water issues? Contact the team at Action Electric Motor & Pump Repair. Our experts specialize in water treatment as well as conditioning. We pride ourselves in offering the safest and most reliable water conditioning systems for our customers. Reach us today at 850-247-0500 with any questions. We would love to help you find the best hard water solution for your needs.

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