Salt-free or conventional? If your business or home has hard water, the solution is to San Antonio Water Softener Installation. This requires choosing between a conventional water softener and a salt-free water softener. There are pros and cons to each type of water softener system so getting informed on each will help you make the best selection for your situation.
We put together this post to offer a comparison between traditional water softeners and salt-free water softeners, keep reading to learn the differences so you can choose the best system for your home or business.
How Water Softeners Work
Water softeners have a resin that your raw water will travel through. Within this resin, mineral ions such as Mg, Ca, Fe, an S, are exchanged for sodium ions or Na. The quantity of Na that is added to your water is small and will be less than the FDA standard. The ion exchange occurs within a resin that is stored in the body of your water softener. The resin is composed of beads that are negatively charged and bonds with positively charged Na ions. As water flows around the beads, the mineral ions are exchanged with the Na ions and thus removed from the water. The beads will eventually become saturated with the mineral ions and incapable of performing any further ion exchange activity.
At this point, your water softener needs to be recharged or regenerated using a brine solution. Brine is simply water with salt dissolved in it. Salt has the chemical structure NaCl. The Na in the salt solution will displace the mineral ions that are on the beads of the resin and allow your water softener to function again.
Conventional Vs Sodium Free Softeners
Conventional water softeners need two distinct tanks. There is the brine tank and the resin tank. It uses a process of ion exchange to remove dissolved minerals. Therefore, the water that is produced by a conventional water softener should be devoid of minerals, like Ca, Mg, Fe, S, and others, but it will have additional Na in it.
Salt-free water softeners do not make use of salt or Na in order to remove dissolved minerals. One of the most popular and effective types of sodium free softeners, or saltless water softeners, is the potassium chloride or KCl softener. This means that in place of the Na that is added in conventional softeners, potassium is used. Potassium is healthy even in fairly large quantities, whereas it is often advisable for many people to avoid Na, especially if they have high blood pressure or cardiac problems.
Traditional Water Softeners
Salt-free Water Softeners
Salt-Free Water Softener Advantages
Water containing additional sodium can have unwanted effects in people with numerous health conditions, as we mentioned earlier. People with these health conditions need to have other means for softening their water than using Na. For these people, it is best if they use a potassium regenerated water softener. The operational concept is similar to that used by conventional water softeners. It’s just that the resin beads are made to exchange potassium for the dissolved minerals rather than sodium. Maintenance and operating costs are generally higher, as well as water softener repair expenses, for potassium systems as opposed to conventional water softeners. The potassium salt or KCl that is used is more costly and so are the resin beads. However, this type of system may be a necessity for people with the aforementioned health problems. Have questions about the best water softener for your home, our professionals are here to answer them. We have been installing water softeners in San Antonio since 1972.
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Call Will’s All Pro Plumbing & Air Conditioning today for more information on the difference between conventional and salt-free!