A normal salt-based water softener works through a process of ion exchange to create soft water. Inside a water softener is a collection of resin beads which water passes over to extract the hard minerals of magnesium and calcium and replace them with harmless sodium ions. Essentially replacing one fragment for another. This process removes the scale is which leaves the water softened, but it can also leave behind salt deposits that sit within the water.
The HomeScale Protect is not a water softener and contains completely different technology to do its job. It uses Ion Polarization System (or IPS) to prevent the build-up of limescale. IPS effectively prevents the formation of solid sediments and corrosion in cold and hot water appliances. IPS is a flow-through body with turbine-shaped electrodes of two different electrically conductive materials. The electrode design of this water system generates a swirling water flow, causing a change in the structure of the minerals to reduce water hardness, and therefore, it doesn’t leave any deposits behind or affect the water in any way.
There can be damage to the environment
Traditional water softening systems can put out a high amount of sodium and salt brine into the sewer system, which makes it much more difficult for councils or water companies to carry out water treatment and to reuse and recycle that water. In areas where there might be a lot of farming and irrigation, this can be quite an issue as a salty mains water supply will damage the ground and kill the crops.
The HomeScale Protect on the other hand doesn’t put anything into your water, it simply changes the structure of it – therefore there is no negative effect to the environment as it leaves your home with no extra additives.
What about consumption?
Water softeners do add sodium to the tap water, that is a fact. Of course, it is only a very tiny amount that healthy people would not notice, however it can be an issue for more sensitive individuals. People that have health issues such as high blood pressure are generally told to cut back on fatty foods and their salt intake, but what if their drinking water is contributing? Over time, the sodium that you can consume through your water softener, especially if you live in a high hard water area, can be significant.
Again, the HomeScale Protect does not have this issue. It removes any damaging residue from your drinking water leaving it clean and fresh. Have you ever scrubbed your shower screen or kettle to free it from limescale and it won’t budge? Without HomeScale Protect, you are essentially showering, washing your clothes and drinking those deposits. We’ve also seen the damage limescale can do to washing machines and dishwashers over time, causing expensive repairs.
The HomeScale Protect is a great alternative
Overall, if you’re looking for the best water softener system, the HomeScale Protect is a much better option to have in your home than a traditional salt water softener. Not only does the HomeScale Protect have an efficiency of over 76% in reducing limescale build-up on pipework, valves, taps, showerheads and coils within your heating system but doesn’t add anything to your water, so water quality is maintained. It removes the magnesium and calcium cleanly, keeping your appliances running for longer, your clothes fresher and your family’s health as its top priority. The HomeScale Protect is also very easy to install and has no ongoing maintenance or running costs, meaning you can get a plumber to add it to your system and just enjoy limescale free, softer water for years to come.