Water Softener Technology
Water Softener Technology has been around since the early 1900, They involve a process called ‘ion exchange’ which uses an ion exchange resin that contains specially formulated tiny polymeric beads which generate an ion charge. As mains water passes through the resin the calcium and magnesium ions which are in hard water swap places with the sodium ions on the resin. Sodium salts, unlike calcium and magnesium, are highly soluble so sodium does not cause scale. Once the process has softened the water, the resin is then regenerated by flushing the resin with salt solution.
UK’s Leading Water Softeners
Although the basics in water technology hasn’t really changed, the technology, efficiency and size of water softeners has varied throughout the years. We’ve put together a list of the best water softeners available in the UK and some of their statistics.
|Water Softener||Regeneration Water Usage||Max Flow Rate||Warranty||Product Size||Price|
|1||Harveys Crown Block Salt Water Softener||23 ltrs||40 lpm||10 years||H: 490 mm x W: 220mm x D: 490mm||Check on Amazon|
|2||Kinetico Premier Compact||20.5 ltrs||33 lpm||10 years||H: 498mm x W: 219mm x D: 468mm||Check On Kintetico|
|3||Monarch Water Softener – Midi MIDM002||57 ltrs||78 lpm||7 years||H: 575mm x W: 275mm x D: 465mm||Check On Amazon|
|4||EcoPlus Home Water Filtration System||Filter change every 12 months.||20 ltrs||3 years||H: 340mm x W: 480mm x D: 210mm||Check On Amazon|
What is Hard Water?
Hard water has calcium and magnesium dissolved in it. These minerals come from the kind of rock the water filters through before it gets to water-treatment plants and your taps. Hard water is harmless to drink, but it’s the main cause of scale build up and erodes pipes and households appliances over time.
The Problems with Hard Water
The majority of common heating problems are the result of scale build up over time and anything from radiator blockages to stained shower screens, the list of problems goes on. You benefit from saving a significant amount of money if your not living in a hard water area, think about all the cleaning products and time you’ll save. Lucky for us technology has come along way and theirs solutions around hard water.