One way to make your water supply safer is by using a whole house water conditioner. Water from the municipal water supply is typically laden with limescale. A whole house conditioner modifies the ions that lead to limescale in water. Water conditioners don’t actually eliminate the ions like softeners do and this is the main difference between water softeners and conditioners.
Most water conditioners attempt to change the shape or size of the limescale ions, thus halting any more build up of limescale. A whole house water conditioning system is one that conditions the entire water supply of a home. This system typically consists of two primary components – a water conditioner and a purification system.
The water conditioner ‘softens’ hard water from the supply mains by modifying calcium and magnesium ions in the water. The conditioned water is supplied to the home’s utility outlets. The soft water reduces spotting on several home utensils as well as in the supply pipes.
The purification system removes particle impurities from water to make it safer for drinking.
How A Whole Water Conditioning System Works
A whole house conditioner modifies magnesium and calcium ions in the water that gets into your home right at the supply point. This means that the water distributed to faucets and other outlets in your home will have gone through the conditioning system.
Water flowing into the house is pumped through a tank containing the water conditioner (usually sodium ion-coated beads or zeolite). As the water flows through the conditioner, the sodium ions are swapped for magnesium and calcium ions, and the water will finally be distributed to water outlets in your house free of hardness impurities.
The sodium ions in the conditioning system must be regenerated every now and then. The conditioning system will carry out this process automatically provided there’s regular supply of salt (brine) to the system. When the system is saturated with calcium and magnesium ions, it will automatically trigger a flush of brine solution over the conditioner, which introduces fresh sodium ions and pushes out the calcium and magnesium ions through the drain.
Salt is needed to regenerate the conditioner. Therefore, the conditioning system has to be checked on regularly. Rock salt is commonly used because it is cheap. However, it is not soluble in water, so the reservoir will have to be cleaned more often if rock salt is used. Other options included solar and evaporated salt.
How To Buy A Whole House Conditioning System
There are many types and brands of whole house water purification system. The most important thing is to know your specific needs and then buy a system that addresses those needs.
EvoClear provides high quality water purification systems to meet all your domestic and commercial water needs. If you have an analysis report from your water utility, we can recommend the best purification system based on the status of your water supply. Alternatively, EvoClear can perform a thorough test of your water supply and determine the best way to purify it.
Make the following considerations when buying a purification system:
Flow Rate – When buying a purification system, you must establish the flow rate for every water outlet (faucet) in your house. Flow rate is the amount of water needed to supply the all faucets without shortages. House and family size will both determine flow rate requirements. Typically, a house requires a flow rate of 15 to 40 gallons per meter (gpm).
You should also consider filter size of the conditioning system. A filter of 4.5-inch by 20-inch is practical for the average home. As you consider size, you should also ponder the lifespan of the filters. Carbon filters typically filter up to 150,000 of water from a municipal water supply. The size of the port is also important so as to prevent water flow restrictions when used with a piping size that is not ideal. A port size of 1-inch is practical for most whole house purification systems.
In all, whole water conditioning systems ensure that the water flowing through your house is safe for human consumption as well as for washing appliances and laundry. Note that a conditioning system alone may not remove contaminants such as sediment. If you want water that is safe for drinking, use another purification system alongside a conditioner or softener.