Electric vs. Non-Electric Water Softener System

By: Thea Nixon | Published: 16 Jan, 2019 | Updated: 16 Jan, 2019

Comparing Electric and Non-Electric Water Softeners

Water softener systems are devices used to soften home or business hard water supply. The process of softening water aims to remove magnesium, calcium and other unwanted minerals from hard water through a process called ion exchange. Softening water has many benefits as well as cost savings including prevent limescale build up on water using household appliance and water heaters, better for hair and skin, improved taste and smell, and less water scale build up on faucets, sinks, glassware to just name a few.

Once you’ve determined that your home needs a water softener system, choosing the right system for your needs and budget can quickly become overwhelming. With so many different systems on the market, how do you know which is the right one for your needs? Should you go with an electric or non-electric water softener? To help navigate you through this process, we’ve broken down the difference between these two systems. However, we always suggest scheduling a free in-home water test before making any purchase as doing so will help you get a better understanding of exactly what is present in your home’s water.

What are Electric Water Softeners?

Electric water softeners systems are the original water softener systems which utilize an electric timer to determine when to regenerate the resin bed inside the tank. Therefore, at a set time every day, the timer activates the water softener process by flushing the resin bed with water and salt to initiate the process of softening the water.

Since cleansing of the resin bed is controlled electrically, there may be times where the resin bed is cleansed when it doesn’t need to be. In addition, unexpected changes such as excessive water usage or power failures can result in a lapse of conditioned water. However, some updated systems have been developed to overcome these challenges by initiating the softening process more often, which also results in greater usage of salt, water and electricity.

What are Non-Electric Water Softeners?

Kinetico Water Systems developed the first non-electric, twin tank, automatic water softener system. These non-electric systems are composed of two tanks joined by a single module which automatically regulates the brining, backwashing, rinsing and shifting of the water from one tank to the other only when the water is needed. These systems utilize a meter to measures and monitors the volume of water used which turns as water flows through it. By using the two tanks, these non-electric systems can produce soft, clean water to more efficiently renew the resin bed while reducing the amount of salt and water used to do so. This eliminates any lapse in availability of conditioned water.

 

The Difference Between Electric Water Softeners and Non-Electric Water Softener

Both electric and non-electric water softeners ultimately deliver very similar results of softened water which prevents costly build up on water-using appliance, eliminates white scale build up on sinks, fixtures and glassware, is less harsh on skin, hair and laundry and overall clean, fresh taste. However, they are significant difference between the two systems. The biggest difference is the fact that electric softeners work on an electric timer while Kinetico non-electric systems work on a meter that turns as the water flows throughit. By utilizing two tanks conjoined by one module, Kinetico non-electric softener systems automatically regulates brining, backwashing, rinsing and shifting from one tank to the other only when only when enough water has passed through to deem it necessary to trigger more efficient cleaning. The process of the non-electric system reduces the amount waste water, salt used greatly, and electricity, which will ultimately save money.

With electric systems, the possibility of electric shock is always a risk. In addition, the electrical components of these systems can be prone to malfunction as they are frequently exposed to damp, salty environments. Since Kinetico Water Softeners do not use electricity, the possibility of electrical shock is completely eliminated. Kinetico systems are in a league of their own as they are virtually trouble-free systems that require minimal maintenance while providing an unlimited amount of soft, clean water. With Kinetico non-electric water softener systems, guest buttons and manual regeneration methods are not necessary nor is disconnection during vacation or periods in which water wouldn’t not be used.

What Kind of Water Softener System is Right for Your Home?

Nearly 85% of all home’s in America have hard water. In order to determine if your home’s water is hard and what water softener system is the best solution, an accurate water test is critical to ensure that your purchase will provide the best results without overspending. At Clearwater Systems, we are proud to offer free in-home water testing to help you determine which system is right for your home’s specific needs. Contact us today to schedule your testing!