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What is an Electronic Water Conditioner?

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  • Written By: N. Kalu
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 10 June 2018
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An electronic water conditioner, also known as an electronic water softener, is a device that removes the minerals and impurities from hard water and renders the water soft. Benefits of using soft water include less residue left on glass and less limestone and chalk scale buildup on metal and in pipes. There are several different types of electronic water conditioners to choose from, depending on the desired use.

Using an electronic water conditioner has many advantages. Water softeners remove scales from pipes and bathroom tiles. Scales are the grime and chalk residue left on these items after constant use. A conditioner removes this hindrance, and allows water to run freely through pipes.

Utilizing electromagnetic pulses, an electronic water conditioner dissolves the minerals found in hard water. Other water filters use sodium, but this method does not appear to be the most efficient. Sodium-based water filters substitute the calcium in hard water for sodium, leaving unwanted salt buildup. With an electronic water softener, this problem can be avoided.

Due to hassle-free installation and low maintenance costs, electronic conditioners save time and money. It automatically rids water of contaminants and cleans itself without much intervention on the part of the user. Other water conditioning systems require monthly maintenance such as clearing tanks of salt or regenerating resins. An electronic system bypasses these steps, simplifying the task of water filtration.

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Industrial companies can prevent long-term harm to their machines by using an electronic water conditioner. Equipment runs more efficiently when all mineral buildup has been removed, and there is no chance of further metal corrosion from hard water. The soft water byproduct of the electronic water conditioner prevents further damage to machines.

When on the market for an electronic water conditioner, it is important to consider how it will be used. For home water treatment, a meter regenerated water purification model is preferred. This model keeps the user updated on how much water is being used and how much water softener per units of water is consumed. Users can set the device according to the number of people in the home and the degree of hardness in the water.

A reverse osmosis electronic water conditioner can be used for both home and industrial purposes. The device initially works much like a standard water conditioner, passing water through a carbon filter to catch organic impurities. Next, the water is transferred to a membrane where, through reverse osmosis, the water passes through but all dissolved contaminants do not. The water undergoes several more filters until it is finally soft and ready for consumption.

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