As you have already learned in this series, Whole House Water Filter systems have multiple components and steps that rely on one another. We have already covered the features that come standard in the Filter Butler Whole House Water Filter: the Sediment Pre-Filter, Copper-Zinc and Mineral Stone Filter, and Activated Carbon Filter. The remaining parts of this series will focus on optional add-ons that let you customize your filter system. For the cleanest, purest, and safest water, adding the optional Salt-Free Water Softener to your Whole House Water Filter is a smart option.
Water Softeners can be a stand-alone type of filtration system or used in conjunction with a Whole House Water Filter as both filters do completely different things. Whole House Water Filters remove contaminants and impurities from your water whereas Salt-Free Water Softeners prevent scale to increase the lifetime of your appliances.
Benefits of treating your water with a salt-free water softener include:
We will cover some of the common questions about the differences between water softening and water filtration, the advantages of a salt-free versus a salt-based system and more below.
One of the more important things to identify about Salt-Free Water Softeners is that they shouldn’t be looked at as a solution for safer drinking water. This role is left up to the other components of the Whole House Water Filter and the optional features other than the water softener. Water softeners reduce or alter minerals that cause your water to be hard and increase the life and effectiveness of your appliances.
Again, water softeners don’t make your water safer for drinking, this process happens before the water enters the water softener. If you want the safest water as well as water that will not cause scale build up, the combination of a Whole House Water Filter and optional Salt-Free Water Softener is your best bet.
Water Filters Remove:
Water Softeners Remove:
With water softeners there are typically two choices: salt-free or softeners that require the manual insertion of salt into the filtration system every few weeks/months. Filter Butler utilizes modern salt-free technology called Nucleation Assisted Crystallization (NAC) to soften water and reduce scale by as much as 99.6 percent. This process safely and effectively hinders scale buildup by altering hard minerals into inactive microscopic crystal particles and negates the need to add salt or chemicals to your water.
With NAC technology there is nothing added or removed from your water. This is important because it retains naturally occurring minerals that are considered to be good for you and results in tasty water that most homeowners desire. NAC technology dissolves minerals to prevent scale while simultaneously allowing healthy minerals to pass through.
While traditional salt-based softeners are effective at removing scale in the same way that salt-free softeners are, they also have a lot of negatives.
The Advantages of a Salt-Free vs. a Salt-Using Softener:
In Canada and throughout North America there is a high likelihood that you have hard water. The scaling caused by the minerals found in hard water builds up over time and that buildup clogs your plumbing lines and the water pipes that flow through your appliances. Like a clogged artery that needs to push blood to the heart, your appliances have to work harder to flow water to you, therefore reducing their efficiency and increasing your electrical costs.
Preventing these minerals from creating scale is important for the effectiveness and lifespan of your appliances. An excess of dissolved minerals can result in the clogging of pipes over time, create a higher risk of scale deposits (as you may have witnessed on your shower head or faucets), and reduce the life and efficiency of common appliances like coffee machines, ice makers, dishwashers, air conditioners, hot water heaters and clothing washers.
The Filter Butler Salt-Free Water Softener is an optional feature that complements the Whole House Water Filter. The Whole House Filter is effective at removing impurities from your water whereas the Salt-Free Softener is a great solution for families who want to prevent scale buildup and prolong the life of their water appliances. The salt-free water softener will prevent minerals from creating scale deposits on shower heads, faucets and on all water-using appliances. Eliminating this scale results in more efficient appliances and faucets, longer-lasting appliances, and a reduction in your energy costs that has been estimated to be as much as 20 to 30 percent.
Filter Butler Salt-Free Water Filters require minimal maintenance and the two main filter tanks that come with this system only need to be replaced every six years. The replacement process does not require the help of a plumber and takes just a few minutes.
In Part 4, we will look at how the Sub-Micron Post-Filter utilizes microfiltration to remove small particles and microorganisms from your water. This is an optional feature for our Whole House Water Filter. It is especially useful for those living in areas where the local water supply is susceptible to protozoa such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia lamblia, both of which may be resistant to the chlorine used in standard water treatment facilities.
To learn more about filtration products, view our water filter selection.