“The downside to water softeners”
Water softeners have been the go system for treating hard water since the early 1900’s. To date, it’s still one of the most effective ways to eliminate hard water but does come with some disadvantages.
One of the major disadvantages to water softening is the potential health risk for people on low sodium diets. The exchange of hardness minerals for sodium add 7.5 mg of salt per quart for each gallon per grain of hardness removed.
Additionally, Water softeners do not filter the water so if you are on a municipal water supply, you will also have chlorine chemicals and other contaminants in the water that wont be removed so you will continue to be exposed during baths and showers.
Traditional water softeners also require ongoing maintenance and ongoing costs for upkeep. You also need an additional filter, typically a reverse osmosis installed under the kitchen sink so that you have filtered drinking water at at least one tap in the home.
There is also a concern about the environmental impact of water softeners which is why many cities throughout California have banned the equipment. During regeneration a water softener expels water down the drain and that water ultimately finds its way into the soil, lakes or streams having a negative effect on marine life and agriculture.
Alternatives that are good for you and the planet!
Nowadays there are alternative to salt based systems that have proven to help treat hard water without the use of salt. Some are called magnets, other electric impulse and our favorite and most effective, T.A.C which stands for Template Assisted Crystallization. These alternatives can be paired with filtration all in one tank (like our Inspire Series), require no ongoing maintenance and are environmentally friendly with regeneration water being completely safe for you and the planet.