When looking for a suitable water softening system, you will first need to consider the environment that you want to condition. Is it just a sink or shower; or possibly the whole house? You will also need to consider how easy it is to install the unit, and replace the cartridges; how often you will need to replace these cartridges, and how expensive they are. There are some less expensive systems that are very affordable up front, but the manufacturer has designed the unit to make their money on the filters, so remember this when purchasing the perfect system for you. The top types of water softening systems will include a salt-free system, a salt based system, reverse osmosis system, and magnetic softening system, all of which I will refer to here.
To find out more about how to obtain this system, you will need to schedule an in home visit with one of Pelican’s representatives. They will look at the size of your home, and come up with a custom designed unit that will be appropriate for your home and its needs. By targeting the large and small particulate matter, as well as the microbial pathogens, this system will cover all the bases, and ensure that you water is as pure at it can be. Read Full Review
This system includes 3 separate cartridges to make up the system. The first cartridge is the pre-filter that removes all the sediment and other larger contaminates found in public or well water. Grabbing these first will greatly help to improve the effectiveness of the other cartridges in this system. The second stage filter in the carbon filtration that filters the whole house, and will greatly reduce chlorine, chloramines, sediment , tastes, and odors that you may find in your water. This cartridge has a 600,000.1,000,000 gal/5-year Performance Guarantee. The second cartridge in this system is the NaturSoft’ Salt-Free Water Softener that removes the effects of hard water without using salt or electricity. This will help to protect your pipes, dishwasher, and hot water heater. The last stage of this system is the Trojan UV Max’, ultraviolet light that will kill bacteria and other microbes that might manage to slip through the other filters. This is truly one of the most complete and well designed water softening systems available in the market today.
For a top of the line filtration system, with the lowest maintenance, and most cost effective filters, Pelican leads the way. Filtering without salt or electricity, this salt free hard water filter will take care of the whole house with minimal expense. Read Full Review
Like their UV filter, this system is the same thing without the ultra-violet light. Pelican leads the way with all types of water filtration, and this model is no different. Like their top of the line models, this one includes all of their environmentally conscience designs that will reduce hard water while protecting the environment at the same time. It uses no salt, and no electricity, and will actively remove hard water build up from within the pipes as well. This model also comes with a 2 stage filtration system, (1) pre-filter, and (1) easy to change cartridge that is very affordable. Each filtration system is sized appropriately in order to not restrict water flow, and like all Pelican products, it comes with a lifetime warranty on all tanks and parts. Unlike other filtration systems, this one will not remove valuable minerals that are found within most typical water systems. There are no monthly maintenance fees, and zero yearly operating costs. Simply rinse or replace the easy on-off filters and you are back in business.
While good for hard water, salt based water softeners don’t address other issues with potable water, such as microbes, and chlorine. If you just want to soften the water, this system is great, and very affordable, but if you want pure water, you are better off with another type of salt-less filtration system. Read Full Review
APEC water systems are designed for durability and are made in the USA. These systems will last for an average of 27 years without leaking or bursting even under extreme, commercial pressure. Rated by NSF as suitable for homes, factories, healthcare facilities and research labs, APEC is a leader in this industry. However, salt based water softeners are considered obsolete in light of newer and more environmentally friendly systems, but they are still in use and will do the job for those who need a generic type system. They filter by ion exchange, through small salt-based beads in the filtration chamber. Calcium and magnesium interact with the salt beads, so that the resulting water is more salty than hardened with calcium and magnesium. These salt based systems are typically reserved for commercial use that is targeting very hard water only, but they are still found in some residential applications today.
The Rain Dance RO filter also comes with an auto shut off valve to help conserve water, and is approved by the Water Quality Association to protect against NSF/ANSI 58 for the reduction of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). To reduce hard water and get a better than average clean filtered drinking water, Rain Dance is one of the best. Read Full Review
This system is nice because it has an easy to replace cartridge that simply twists on and off. Even though this system has a 5-stage filtration, it is designed to take up little space, so it can be placed in an existing closet or utility room, by your local plumber. This unit is rated at 75 gallons per day through a 3/8 tubing, so you will not experience any slowing down in your water flow. There are 3 indication lights that let you know when it is time to replace a filter; green for fully operational’, yellow after 80% usage, and red after 100% usage- then, your filter will need to be replaced. Reverse osmosis is a method of filtration that focuses on salt removal. Most often used to filter sea water, RO systems are great for removing large particulates and other matter, but don’t always get the minerals and pathogens. For this reason, Rain Dance has added 4 other filters to address these issues for you. Stage 1 is the pre-filter that grabs larger particles in the water. Stage 2 and 3 are carbon block filters that are easily replaced by twisting on and off. Stage 4 is the reverses osmosis membrane, and stage 5 is another in-line granulated carbon filter. This is very simple, and very common in the water filtration business, and also very effective at reducing hard water, and most of the other particulate matter found in city and well waters.
These magnetic devices can be attached to the outside of CPVC, PEX, PVC, or any type of Copper, Rubber or Plastic pipe, and they use no electricity. Easily installed, and easily maintained, this magnetic water softening system will not only limit new hard water deposits from forming, but will help to reduce the existing amount that is already there. There is no limit on water usage, and these systems can remain in place indefinitely. Read Full Review
Magnetic water softening systems work by dissolving the carbonate salts that would normally build up to form scales inside of pipes and other appliances. If left alone, these salts will combine with soap and produce the visible scum that we see in and around our water stations. It uses a magnetic device that is placed on the outside of pipes and is found to be very cost effective as compared to other methods of water treatment. This system will not only reduce the hardness of your water, but will help to reduce existing hard water build up when used over time. Something to consider, is that the reduction of hard water is limited to the pipes and water only within the vicinity of the magnetic chamber. However, because these magnetic devices are so cost effective, they can be installed all along the water line every 10 feet or so if hard water is a problem in your living spaces.