Salt-free water softeners are typically believed to soften water and remove hard minerals. What these systems actually do is condition water – not focusing on removing the hard minerals. Instead, salt-free water softener systems transform the magnesium and calcium chemically. This keeps those particles from clinging to surfaces and precipitating to scale. Salt-free water systems focus on altering, rather than removing, hard minerals for more conditioned water.
Hard water minerals remain in the water as salt-free water softeners work to break their form down so as not to cling to surfaces. The conditioning of water lies in a process called Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC). The same minerals are still in the water, but salt-free water softeners will reduce the build-up of scale. Showers may see less scale and clothing washed in the laundry may feel softer. Salt-free water softener systems may help reduce maintenance and extend the longevity of your home’s plumbing.
A water conditioning system breaks down hard minerals and keeps them from forming into scale in your home’s plumbing system. Water softeners fully eliminate the presence of hard minerals, giving your water a slicker feeling. Both methods keep future maintenance down and lessen the chance of plumbing and appliance damage caused by clinging minerals.