Benefits of a Salt Free Water Softener in Arizona

Why a Salt Free Water Softener Makes Sense in Arizona

Benefits of a water softener are plainly obvious to anyone living with hard Arizona water. Many consider a water softener a requirement in order to enjoy the water at all while protecting their home. Arizona’s hard water really affects quality of life. Left unchecked it ruins clothes and causes costly damage your home and appliances. White spots and hard scale buildup on dishes, tubs, sinks, showers, glassware, windows and more are are embarrassing and hard to clean.

If you are researching softeners you know what it’s like to live with hard water. You are tired of wasting so much time and money cleaning, you want to feel and look good when you bath, you want your clothes to be bright and white and you want to protect your home and appliances.

Which to choose: Salt free or Salt-Based?

Your research for a water softener will show two types of water softeners, those that don’t use salt and those that do. Salt free water softeners employ a variety of methods or technologies to soften water. Salt-based water softeners are based on the science of ion exchange.

Search the term “salt free water softeners” and you will find many different choices based upon different technologies. Salt free water softener technologies include chemical and physical processes. Chemical salt free softeners add a chemical to soften water. Physical salt free softeners use an electrical or magnetic force, nucleation assisted crystallization (AKA template assisted crystallization) and membrane separation to soften water. It is easy to be confused as it seems all claim to be the best, number one or best selling softeners.

Ion exchange softeners have been around for decades and are the most common softener. You know the style; they are large, use salt or potassium, require power and need a drain for salty waste water. Basically, ion exchange works by exchanging hard water minerals for salt. Hard water minerals are removed and replaced with an equivalent amount of salt. To clarify, this is why it is called ion exchange. Compared to salt free softeners they are complicated, expensive, larger, loud and even outlawed in entire jurisdictions. Also, required maintenance for ion exchange softeners is higher and more expensive than most salt free alternatives.

Did you know they require a wastewater drain because of the salty waste water they create during a recharge process? And most of the salt used for recharge is sent down the drain. Salty waste water is a very serious environment problem. Subsequently ion exchange softeners have been banned from parts of the country. 

Softening without salt

We like ion bond water softening with PolyHalt®. It works by introducing a very small amount of PolyHalt into hard water. Hard minerals and PolyHalt® bond to form a new and very stable complex. Simply stated, the complex formed during ion bond softening prevents hard water minerals from behaving hard. Bonded minerals remain in the water safe for consumption and using everywhere throughout your home. In short, the result of ion bond softening is soft water, it’s really that simple, no salt or waste water down the drain. 

Why does a salt free water softener makes sense in Arizona?

Compared to salt-based softeners salt free softeners are much more eco-friendly. They don’t waste fresh drinking water or send salt down the drain which contributes to rising levels of salt in our groundwater. Rising levels of salt in our ground water is a very big problem and a topic for another discussion. They are also smaller, simpler, less expensive and require less time and money to maintain.

There are many other advantages to PolyHalt® ion bond softening over ion exchange. One advantage is the ability to design treatment systems that are smaller yet able to treat more water quality problems. For example, PolyHalt® ion bond softeners are able to filter sediment and or chlorine at the same time as they soften. PolyHalt® softeners also treat silica problems which cause spots that look like hard water spots but are actually etched in glass and can’t be cleaned. These are but a few reasons why a salt free water softener makes sense in Arizona.

Below is a table comparing features and benefits of ion bond and ion exchange water softening.

 Comparison Table

Finding the right water treatment system 

Without a technical understanding of water softening science choosing one that’s right for you can be very confusing. All too often sellers don’t understand water softening science and are making unsubstantiated, false and confusing claims. These outlandish claims perpetuate confusion about salt free water softeners and even water treatment science. Weeding though the different claims can be very challenging and frankly is preventing consumers from experiencing all the benefits of salt free water softeners.

Are you looking for a better solution to your water problems? We’re here to help! 

Get started with our simple Filter Finder Quiz. And in 3 minutes or less, it’ll tell you exactly which water treatment system is perfect for you — and for our environment!

Start Filter Finder Quiz 

We have a growing knowledge base on our blog. It's all about getting and keeping clean water in your home or business. Some is technical. So is not. Feel free to check it out! Here's the link.

Bonus: Tips for finding a salt free water softener

  1. Look for a water softener from a reputable manufacturer who has been in business for many years.
  2. Look for independent 3rd party certifications to back up claims being made.
  3. Verify there are clear operating conditions that spell out water quality and flow rate limits. And verify your water quality is within the operating conditions of any treatment under consideration.
  4. Check the manufacturer’s satisfaction policy.
  5. Don’t buy anything before you get clarity on any questions. Call the manufacture if their website doesn’t answer any question you have.


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published