Water softeners can prevent common problems with your water, such as chalky film on dishes, scale build-up, mineral deposits on shower heads and water faucets, and unmanageable hair and dry skin after showering. A water softener has several benefits, such as eliminating heavy minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium from the water supply entering your home, reducing the hardness of water, and improving the quality of drinking water.
The best water softeners work by either eliminating heavy minerals from the water through a process known as ion exchange or by neutralizing the minerals so they cannot bind together and stay soluble in the water.
In this article, we take a look at the importance of water softeners and the best water softener you can use.
Why Use Water Softeners?
It is difficult to deal with hard water in your house. Even though these minerals might not be poisonous, they can be quite tough to deal with. After all, it is best to fulfill your body’s mineral requirements from food. So, why do you need to eliminate the hardness in water?
Firstly, you don’t want the impure contents of the water to come into your house for domestic purposes, nor do you want your bathroom fixtures to appear as if it has not been cleaned for some time.
The first symptom, or sign, of hard water, is that your hands feel sticky even after you have washed them with water and soap.
It won’t take long until you start seeing the other signs. You start observing water spots on the sink. The glass cups you use for drinking water appear cloudy, even after you have washed them. Your showerheads begin to appear rusty. Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Hard water also reduces the lathering of laundry detergents and makes it way harder to rinse the detergent from the clothes. Your white clothes can appear significantly dull after being washed in water that’s concentrated with magnesium and calcium.
These mineral deposits might seem harmless at first. However, it wreaks havoc on your entire plumbing system. The accumulation of these minerals results in the clogging of your plumbing channels (pipes and taps). After some time, it puts pressure on your entire plumbing system.
If you aren’t too concerned about your plumbing and you can easily change your fixtures, you need to keep one more thing in mind. Shampoo and soap don’t lather well with hard water, and thus, showering with hard water make your skin and hair very dry.
We also mentioned that hard water isn’t dangerous, but that’s not always true. If you drink hard water for a long time, the minerals start accumulating in your system. New research reveals a link between hard water consumption and certain diseases.
Growth retardation, kidney stones, fatal cardiovascular diseases, bone mineral deficiency, constipation, cardiac arrhythmia, diabetes, and even reproductive failure can also be linked to hard water use to a certain extent.
So, how do you cope with all those stubborn water stains everywhere? Well, you use a water softener!
Best Water Softener – Halo 5
The Halo 5 is a maintenance-free whole house water filtration & conditioning system. The HALO ION conditioner solves the problems of hard water by physically treating the water. Chemicals are not added to the water. The HALO 5 Media bed offers high filtration, eliminating all traces of chloramines and chlorine from the household water.
The water softener follows a 5-step process outlined below to treat water.
Step #1 – Granular Activated Carbon
High-grade acid-washed granular activated carbon for the elimination of chloramines, chlorine, dyes, gases, heavy metals, fuels, pesticides, disinfectants, sodium hypochlorite, TTHM, man-made pollutants, foul odors, organic contaminants, and undesirable taste.
Step #2 – High Activity Carbon
High activity carbon is an excellent material for effectively removing chlorine from your water supply—the final result is fresh, clean water that has no undesirable smell or taste. In addition, high activity carbon can be used to filter water that has high pH level and will add a “polish” to the water.
Step #3 – Filter-AG Plus
The Filter-AG plus is a completely natural and eco-friendly media featuring a microporous structure and huge surface area. It’s an extremely efficient filter for reducing suspended particles down to the five or less micron range and is incredibly effective at eliminating water turbidity.
Step #4 – Garnet Filter Media
Garnet is a high-density, high-hardness filtration media that can successfully filter to the 10 to 20-micron range. In addition, it offers great support for other filtration media.
Step #5 – HALO ION Inline Water Conditioner
The conditioner alters the structure of negatively and positively charged magnesium and calcium ions. This forms the minerals in hard water that would typically cause limescale to remain present inside the water rather than damage appliances and pipes. The treated water even helps prevent corrosion because due to scale.
Last Few Words
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