Salt Water Softeners vs Non-Salt Water Softeners
For long, salt water softeners were the norm. These salt water softener systems operate based on a process called ion exchange, which ensures the replacement of hardness causing minerals (i.e. calcium and magnesium) with sodium ions. Softener salt is an essential part of this process, and it’s used in the regeneration phase of a water softening process.
Salt-free water softeners or non-salt water softeners work based on a different principle – these either inhibit the formation of lime-scale or interfere with the crystal structure of hardness causing minerals preventing them from sticking to surfaces.
In this article, we will analyse the differences between the two types of water softeners, the pros and cons of each, and we will answer the question of which is better in softening your water.