How do I know which water softener to buy?
The size and type of water softener you need depends on the hardness of your water and the space you have available. You can test the hardness of your water at home with a test kit or by sending a sample to a lab.
Is there a water softener that doesn’t use salt?
Yes–neither salt-free water conditioners nor electromagnetic descalers use salt to remove minerals from your water. Instead, they operate with methods to prevent mineral buildup.
Is a salt-free water softener better?
All water softeners work differently, so there’s no easy answer. If you’re worried about the environmental impact of salt, or the maintenance required to keep a salt-based water softener running, a salt-free water softener may be a better option for you. That said, the results will vary, too, depending on which model you opt for.
How long do water softeners last?
Again, it will depend on the model and type you choose, but a high-quality device that’s installed correctly should last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.
Are there any negative effects of using a water softener?
Water softeners are safe to use, but humans do need minerals in their diet. As is always the case, you’ll want to make sure you’re following a nutrient-rich diet. If you’re on a low-sodium diet, you may think twice about using a salt-based water softener, or simply limit your water intake from that supply.