Myth No. 1: You can soften water with a salt-free system. That is just not possible.
Systems that say they are no-salt softeners are actually just scale inhibitors. Some can decrease the scale inside appliances; some will hardly affect that scale at all.
These alternative treatment firms may use magnetic, catalytic, electric or electro-dialysis equipment. Most of these firms offer no independent confirmation that they can remove calcium or magnesium ions from water or reduce scale formation.
Often these systems are coupled with a carbon filter to make drinking water taste better. But the best way to reduce hardness in water is by installing an ion-exchange softener. It will remove hardness — the scale-forming calcium and magnesium — by replacing it with sodium chloride or potassium chloride.
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