What is an Electronic Water Softener, and Do They Work?

6 Reasons For Using an Electronic Salt-Free Water Softener

The electronic water softener is a recent, but fast becoming popular, improvement on the traditional salt type water softeners.

Also known as conditioners, electronic water softeners use computer-based technology to produce electromagnetic waves that increase water's affinity for the calcium salts dissolved in it.

The calcium and magnesium are kept dissolved in the water as it flows through your pipes.

Keeping these minerals dissolved prevents further scale or white precipitate from forming in your pipes.

The electronic softener can also melt already existing scales in your pipes thereby increasing water flow.

Recommended Electronic Water Softeners

ClearWave Electronic Softener System (full review)

Eddy Electronic Descaler (Amazon.com)

Hard Water Minerals

Where do the minerals that make the water hard come from? Calcium and magnesium are some of the natural components of chalk, limestone, or marble. When rain falls, these minerals are washed away and carried to the waterbed.

It follows that water in areas that have more limestone and chalk contains more calcium and magnesium.

It is mostly these two ions that produce the ugly stains in your bathroom floors, the white precipitate at the bottom of your kettle, the spots on your car windows after you wash them, and the scale that clogs your pipes and prevent your heaters from working efficiently.

Water Softeners: The Basics

In theory, traditional or salt-type water softeners act like magnets that attract calcium and magnesium in hard water.

A negatively charged resin, usually made of compressed salts such as sodium or potassium chloride, attract the positively charged minerals in water.

The calcium and magnesium become bound to the resin, making the water soft. Resins have to undergo periodic regenerations by passing through concentrated brine. These concentrates often contain sodium, potassium, or hydrogen chloride.

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The use of salts has been one of the major issues with the traditional salt-type water softener. In areas with hard water, softened water has increased amounts of sodium. Questions have been raised about the medical safety of these high salt drinking waters.

The process of regeneration also creates problems for the environment. The salts used in regeneration pose a danger to the environment. In addition, these salts may obstruct drains and overload septic systems.

Electronic Water Softening

Electronic softeners build on the principles established by the traditional water softners. These softeners have all the benefits of the salt-type water softeners and none of its drawbacks.

So what do you get if you use electronic water softening?

1. Scale-free pipes and tiles

As with any water softener, pipes become free of scales. Water in your pipes can now run unhindered so that operating heaters and boilers are more cost-effective. Your kitchen counter and bathroom tiles become spotless. With softened water, you don't have to worry about spots on your car after you wash it.

2. No sodium

Instead of using salt-based resins that exchange sodium for calcium in hard water, electronic softeners use electromagnetic pulses to dissolve the minerals in the water. There are no chemicals, ions, or minerals added to the water.

3. Low installation and operating costs

Having an electronic water softener makes water softening stress-free. All you have to do is install the softener, and then you can forget about it. Seriously, you do not have to do the monthly task of regenerating your resins or cleaning the brine tank periodically.

You also do not have to go through the hassle of buying softener salts every couple of weeks for regenerating these resins. Electronic softeners can either use the electric power supply or they may depend on the current produced by electrolysis. Thus, all you have to do to maintain your electronic softener is to pay the electrical bill.

4. Longer life for household appliances

Home appliances that use water can work more efficiently when scales are removed from their pipes. An electronic water softener works on all kinds of pipes except lead.

5. Less use of household cleaning agents

Since less soap is used to get a good lather going with soft water, you can save on dishwashing soap. Softened water can also lessen the shampoo you use.

6. Feel and look better

Softer skin. Silkier hair. Cleaner clothes. Need we say more?

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