“Saltless” is the new catchphrase for people who want to improve their water without maintenance or recurring expenses.  Before deciding to use a Saltless system, it is important to be aware of the pros and cons of each process.

Saltless systems generally will not remove iron and other contaminants from your water unless it is using a replaceable filter.  Most of the available Saltless systems are for scale reduction.  Depending on the process, the benefits of soft/conditioned water may not be experienced (soap usage, smoother skin, easier cleaning, eliminating soap scum, etc). It is recommended to not purchase the system based only on testimonials, for it is best to just the effectiveness of this product from personal experience.

One process contains a media which nucleates some dissolved metallic salts out of solution. These crystals, once formed, remain in the water, and still react with oils, detergents, etc. in the same manner as the dissolved salts. They also continue to form scale wherever water is allowed to evaporate, such as faucet nozzles and showerheads. In fact, it’s possible that evaporative scaling could be worse than before installing a system.

Another process reduces scale by using a replaceable media to change the calcium carbonate into a calcium carbonate crystal.  This crystal then limits the scaling properties of the calcium in water-using appliances and plumbing.  If your need is to simply reduce scale, then this type of treatment may be what you would need. The media is replaceable based on gallons used and hardness.

An additional process claims to change the structure of the molecules in the water by using an electrical charge or magnetic force. This process has been around for years but has never been certified by any third-party sources.  Generally, it is presented based on testimonials.

Your Water May Have Iron

Iron is a chemical element with the symbol Fe and atomic number 26. It is a metal in the first transition series. It is by mass the most common element on Earth, forming much of Earth’s outer and inner core.

If there are iron stains on your sinks and bathtubs, if you use large amounts of soap to clean dishes, wash your hair or suffer the “orange hair” effect sometimes caused by iron water, you probably have water that can be successfully treated with an iron removal system. If left untreated, the minerals will cause yellow/brown stains on fixtures and clothing, clogged pipes and appliances, shortened service lives for dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters, all adding to the cost of maintaining appliances while increasing the amount of energy consumed in your home. Water softeners eliminate the effects of hard water; our system eliminates iron and objectionable effects.  When it’s rust stains in your sinks and laundry, or an irony smell when you turn on a tap, your water problems can cause you and your family more than embarrassment and frustration. Iron can damage your fixtures and plumbing, discolor your laundry or create unpleasant odors in drinking water and showers.

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis can be considered a true “Saltless” system that would give you the benefits of soft/conditioned water. Unfortunately, the process generally requires some water storage with re-pressurization and wastewater. Kinetico provides a TX Membrane system that can take on iron, odor-causing impurities and chlorine. The semipermeable membrane filter traps the contaminants so only clean water can pass through. The TX also features a disinfection generator, a large capacity tank and finishing-stage carbon filters for premium taste appeal.

Kinetico Reverse Osmosis Saltless Drinking Water System

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