Authorities estimate that 85% of American homes are supplied with hard water. Hard water contains high concentrations of calcium and magnesium. You probably have hard water if you have noticed limescale buildup on your plumbing fixtures, water spots left behind on dishes after being cleaned in the dishwasher, or dry hair and skin.
Adding a water softener to your home can help reduce the negative side effects of hard water. You have a couple of options when purchasing a water softener: a salt-based softener or a salt-free softener. Opting for a salt-free system can be beneficial over time.
1. A salt-free water softener is typically more affordable than a salt-based system.
Cost can be a concern when it comes to upgrading your home with a water softener. If you need to keep your costs low but you want to take advantage of the filtration capabilities of a water softener, opt for a salt-free system.
A salt-free water softener will usually cost less than a salt-based softener. You will also enjoy savings over the life of the softener since a salt-free system doesn't require the replacement of salt reserves or filtration cartridges on a regular basis in order to work properly.
2. A salt-free water softener can contribute to better health.
Calcium and magnesium (the two trace minerals found in hard water supplies) can wreak havoc on your body. Your hair could become brittle and your skin might become dry and start to flake off if you have hard water in your home. Salt-based softeners remove calcium and magnesium before delivering treated water throughout your home.
Calcium and magnesium actually have some health benefits when consumed in moderation. Salt-free softeners simply neutralize the negative effects of these minerals without removing the minerals themselves. You can enjoy the health benefits of calcium and magnesium without worrying about dry hair and skin when installing a salt-free water softener.
3. A salt-free water softener can be installed quickly.
The cost of adding a new water softener to your home can be influenced by the amount of time required to install the water softener. Many salt-free systems can be wrapped around your water inlet pipe and plugged into a regular electrical outlet.
Salt-based water softeners require more extensive installation because a salt reservoir must be installed for the system to work properly. If you want to get started treating the hard water in your home without breaking the bank, opt for a salt-free system.