3 Types of Water Conditioning Systems

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There are 3 types of water conditioning systems. A water conditioner is simply a general term for a system that changes the water quality for the better in some way. Different types of water conditioner systems have the ability to filter and remove chlorine, which in turn, improves taste of the water.


A carbon filtration system is a filter with granular activated carbon, or GAC. GAC is proven to remove certain chemicals from water, mostly organic. GAC also removes other chemicals, like hydrogen sulfide and chlorine, that cause strange odors or taste in the water. GAC is naturally made, usually from coconut shells or coal, or other material high in carbon. When the carbon within these materials is activated that is was removes the chemicals.


Easy type or space age systems use electromagnetic metal coils to reduce concentrations of of calcium, magnesium and other contaminants susceptible to magnetism. These magnetic coils are fixated along the sides of the filter bed, and can only filter water that comes within direct contact of the magnetic field. When the water runs through and makes contact with the sides of the filter that are charged by the electromagnetic coils, the particles are pulled into the magnetic field inside the filter. Once the filter bed is filled with contaminants and particles, it flushed them out. These types of water conditioners require very low maintenance, with the average lifespan of a filter bed being 40 years. With that being said, little is known or proven about the effectiveness of these filters.

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Filters that use catalytic medias are also called salt-free water softeners. Because these conditioners do not use salt, they reduce the amount of sodium in your water and prevents damage to your appliances and fixtures. These filters use a process referred to as Template Assisted Crystallization or TAC.

During TAC, the calcium and magnesium in your water go through a chemical reaction that changes them into hardness crystals. The crystals can’t stick to surfaces, which then reduces limescale build up and hard water spots in your home. That being said, salt-free water softeners do not remove hard water minerals found in your water, they only change the chemical structure.

Contact Guardian Water Services today to schedule a free home water quality demo. We’ll show you the components our water refiners remove from your home’s water supply for clean, tasty water on tap. Plus, you’ll receive a free $50 retail store gift card!


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