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Common Types Of Water Softeners

If you are looking for a way to reduce the amount of minerals in your tap water, then water softener installation is a great way to go. There are a few different options for water softeners that vary on pricing and effectiveness. Here are some general details about each one. 

Salt-Based Water Softener

The most common type of water softener is the salt-based ion exchange softener. Essentially, water is softened when it passes through two tanks containing either resin beads or brine. The hard minerals in water are replaced with salt ions. While this can add a bit of salt to the water, the amount is about equivalent to the amount of salt in a slice of bread. Still, if this poses a health problem to you, read on to discover what other types of water softeners are available. 

Salt-Free Potassium Water Softener

There is an alternative to the sodium water softener that uses potassium chloride as a substitute. This water softener actually only helps to reduce the amount of minerals added to water from appliances and pipes. Since it doesn't remove the hard minerals that are already present in water, it isn't as effective as the sodium-based water softeners. Still, it's a better option than nothing for those who are intolerant to the sodium-based water softeners. 

Dual-Tank Water Softeners

In addition to choosing the type of ions that are used to remove minerals from the water, you also have some choices when it comes to capacity. The typical water softener tank recharges at a set time, such as at night; if your family uses a large capacity of water, then it's possible to deplete your water resources during the day. A dual-tank water softener installation allows for a continuous supply of water; while one tank is being used, the other tank is in the process of refilling with clean water. Although these tanks can be pricier, they offer a lot of convenience to larger families. 

Magnetic Water Softener

Another option that is less commonly seen is the magnetic water softener. This type of filter essentially sets up an electrical current on the pipes that discourages minerals from entering the water. Less studies of effectiveness have been done on this type of water softener since it is still new. 

These four options can give you some leeway in the degree of water softening and the amount of money you'll spend. Speak with a water filtration expert from a company like Anderson Water Systems if you still have questions on which type of water softener installation will work best for you.