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A salt-free water softener is effective at reducing scale, and the water produced is healthier to drink than the water from salt-based water softeners.
Water that is “hard” contains a high level of dissolved minerals, especially calcium and magnesium. In the United States, approximately 80 percent of homes have hard water.
The combined number of grains of calcium and magnesium in the water determines its hardness. The higher the number of grains per gallon, the harder the water is.
A salt free-water softener is effective where water hardness levels are at 75 grains per gallon or less. By definition, salt-free water softeners are actually water conditioners, not softeners.
A quality salt-free water softener uses an ion exchange resin to target hard mineral crystals (calcium and magnesium) and changes their ionic charge. This process prevents these minerals from clumping together and creating scale.
Just a few of the many benefits of a salt-water softener include the following:
While there are few downsides to using a salt-free water softener if you have hard water, there are a few limitations:
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