I recently moved to New Mexico, where it appears that the water is even harder than in Arizona. Shit.
I was wondering if any of you folks could recommend a whole-home water conditioning system to me based on the following bullet points. I swear, the more I research this stuff, the more confused I become. User experiences (and perhaps expert knowledge from someone who isn’t trying to sell me something) would be a godsend.
[li]My home is new and I’ve been told a salt-based softener would void my warranty (messes up the anode, which I don’t want to do anyway). Also, I’ll be irrigating my yard and water from a salt-based softener is a good way to kill my plants.[/li][li]But, I’ve also read that if it doesn’t have salt, it ain’t softening your water.[/li][li]My main goal is to minimize/eliminate mineral scaling in my plumbing fixtures and appliances. Can a water “conditioner,” as opposed to a salt-based softener, do this?[/li][li]Effectiveness and reliability of the unit are more important than cost, but if I can spend less I will.[/li][/ul]
Do any of you have any recommendations based on what I’ve outlined here? I’ve heard good things about Kinetico, but I want to make sure I’m getting the right unit for the job.
Thank you all in advance for your help.