Magnetic Water Treatment Considerations.
Not all water filters have the capability to soften water. The options to remove hard water are to look for a water softener to install. Here you have the choice of a traditional water softener installing, or the electromagnetic version. If you don’t have the space for a larger softener, we have an alternative solution.
Before looking into water softener reviews there are some important things to consider. Make sure that you get the proper size for your home. You also need to select a softening method and check out the good and bad things about each type. Then, you can choose the best model for your needs.
Magnetic softening works by using magnets or wires that create electromagnetic energy. It is believed to remove deposits like calcium and magnesium by the use of magnetism. These units have no maintenance and are very easy to install. However, they may not be as effective as other models. Some inexpensive models include the Eddy, iSpring ED2000 Whole House, Clearwave. Another popular model is the HQUA 5000E Electronic Water Descaler, which has glowing reviews. and the more expensive Capacitive Electronic Water Descaler System.
You can read our article here on the Eddy products. A buddy of mine felt compelled to share his experience, as he loves the results from his purchase.
Some products remove hard deposits by the use of salts. This is known as ion exchange softening. In this process, ions that cause hardness are replaced with ions that are softer. The ions exchanged must come from an ingredient like sodium chloride or potassium chloride. Plus the system must be occasionally recharged with salts.
Recharging can be done in one of three ways. Some systems use a timer and once a week or so they remind the user to add more salts. Metered systems measure how much materials have been used and one will add salts only when needed. Manual systems are simply recharged whenever the user feels it is necessary. There also is a downside to consider, you may need a reverse osmosis system to remove salts from the water. You can find many good brands including Waterboss, Kinetico, Fleck, and Quality Flow.
Salt free softening systems utilize what is known as nanotechnology. A special catalytic filter is used that dissolves calcium carbonate into such small particles that they can be rinsed away. These systems not only keep pipes clean but they can remove deposits and scale.
A big advantage of salt free systems is no recharging. This not only saves money, but it saves time and effort. However, some salt free systems can be expensive. Examples of effective salt free systems are the Nuvo H20, Scale Sentry, Pelican, Watts One Flow and Aquios.
Before you shop for softening systems, make sure that you have a way to check your water for hardness. You can buy a test kit either online ( HERE for example ) or at most home improvement centers. The kit will let you know if you have a hardness problem in your area.
How Much Water Do I Use?
When shopping for softening units, make sure that your selection can handle your needs. These products are usually rated in grains. This tells you how many hard chemicals it can remove per day. A normal family usually uses eighty gallons of water per day. This is per person, and the average hardness is about ten grains. Thus a family of three would use 240 gallons multiplied by ten grains or about 2400 grains daily.
If you are thinking about installing a water softening system in your home, learn as much as you can about these products. Be aware of the different types of units that are on the market today. Understand their pros and cons too. This will give you a better understanding of water softener reviews.
If you live in an area with hard water, once you’ve experienced soft water you’ll probably fall in love with it. The enjoyment of showering or washing your hair in this water is noticeable. The feel and color of your clothes are noticeable. The reduction in build up in your water pipes and appliances will help these last longer.
Get rid of the hard water, embrace softer water. Your family will love you but so too will your appliances.