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Comparing Electric And Non-Electric Water Softeners

Water softeners are necessary in Northern Utah, so here’s some added information about which water softener is right for your property!

Beehive Plumbing provides water softeners for residential plumbing and commercial plumbing systems in Northern Utah

Northern Utah is one of the worst areas in the United States when it comes to hard water, which is why water softener installations are so important for homes and businesses throughout our community.

Hard water contains all sorts of sediment buildup, including calcium and magnesium. Although hard water may not pose any serious, long-term health problems, it can damage your skin, hair, pipes and plumbing appliances.

Our Master Plumbers have supported countless properties with our state-of-the-art water softeners, and below we’ll be going over some of the differences between electric and non-electric water softeners so you can have a better idea as to which type of water softener is best for you!

How A Water Softener Supports Your Property’s Water Supply

The first thing you should understand is the basics of how all water softeners work when you’re trying to compare electric and non-electric options.

Water softeners do an incredible job at filtering out hard water minerals through a barrier that separates any impurities from within your water supply. This type of barrier is typically comprised of resin beads that will attract certain types of minerals that develop hard water.  

When your water comes through the other side of these resin bead barriers, it’ll be softer and have no damaging additives. Once your resin beads have built up enough resin, you’ll then need to regenerate the filter by washing a solution through the resin that clears away the excess impurities.

How Electric Water Softeners Function

One of the main distinctions between electric and non-electric water softeners is that electric water softeners will utilize an automatic timer. This timer will help you better know when your water softener unit needs to undergo its regeneration process.

Most electric water softeners will go through at least 1-2 cleaning cycles within any given day.

How Non-Electric Water Softeners Work

Non-electric water softeners aren’t going to be connected to a power supply, and this is mainly due to the fact that they’ll have a volume system that determines when it’s time to flush out any excess resin.

These water softeners are also commonly referred to as “mechanical softeners”, and they’ll keep track of how much water has been softened and adjust flushing schedules around usage amounts.

Pros & Cons Of Each Type Of Water Softener

It’s important to understand that both electric and non-electric water softeners are going to have their benefits and disadvantages.

The most apparent benefit of using an electric water softener is that you won’t need to worry about when your unit is going through any particular regeneration process.

The main downside of electric water softeners is that they can sometimes be wasteful if you’re not using a lot of soft water on a daily basis. For instance, if you set up your timer to regenerate every 12 hours, you’ll end up regenerating your unit even when you don’t necessarily use enough water to necessitate a regeneration. Electric parts are also prone to wear and tear over long periods of time, so they may be a little more prone to needing repairs as compared to their non-electric counterparts.

Non-electric water softeners end up being pretty easy to maintain, but the one downside of these water softeners is that they’re typically more expensive up-front.

Beehive Plumbing Will Help You Decide Which Water Softener Is Right For You And Your Property

Choosing the type of water softener that you’d like to invest in will largely depend upon your unique needs as a household or business. If you have a very busy home that uses a ton of water each day, then it may be best to go with a non-electric water softener. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option that you can set up and forget about, then an electric water softener could be a good fit.

But no matter what, you should always reach out to us online or call us at 801-661-8155 and let our plumbing specialists know about your questions/concerns when going through this home improvement investment decision!

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