How do you know if you need a salt based water softener or one that’s salt-free? The average person reading this may be scratching their head to learn that there are softeners that don’t require the use of salt. They do exist, and many people are delighted with them. It’s all about the type of water that you have and what your expectations are. Let’s dig a little deeper into this and see what’s best for you.
Salt is the most common softener
Almost everyone you know uses a salt-based water softener. You may be surprised to see how many people are using Fleck salt based systems. Ask your friend’s what system they’re using. Don’t be shocked to learn they’re using something made by the trusted manufacturer Fleck. You can find salt-based systems far more easily than those without it. Plus, it’s also easier to find someone to service them. There are many service technicians in your area that can help you with any problems that may arise. While this may be true with systems that don’t use salt, the amount of knowledgeable technicians will be less. This is simply due to the fact there are less of these systems in use.
A salt water softening system works immediately. That’s not the case when it comes to a system that doesn’t use salt. Those use electricity and pass the water through carbon filters. While this system is often smaller and less costly, the drawback is that they don’t work right away. It takes time for a system to work that doesn’t involve salt. The saline solution works immediately, and it filters all the stuff out that you don’t want. Systems that don’t use salt neutralize the minerals and the result is different.
Maintenance is easier with salt-free systems
A salt-free system is something that you set and forget. There’s nothing more to do than to check on it every once in a while. A salt-based system requires you to buy salt continuously. You’ll have to lug big heavy bags of salt down to your basement. Then, there’s the cost of the salt itself. You will have to continue buying salt as long as you use the water softener. You may find companies that deliver salt free of charge. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll want to compare prices to make sure they’re competitive with retail chains.
It’s all about what your needs are
You’re probably going to go with a system that uses salt. If you want a maintenance-free method, then without salt may be the best. However, you should expect much different results. If your water is very hard, then you’re more than likely going to have to go the salt route. Salt-free is suitable for water that isn’t full of minerals and is reasonably easy to soften. All other water will require salt and an aggressive approach to make sure that hard water doesn’t ruin your appliances. The reason for wanting softer water for many is to make appliances last longer and to make washing easier. That is entirely possible regardless of which type of system you choose.