What Is A Salt-Free Water Softener? | Arizona Whole House Water Filter | H2O Concepts

There are a lot of different systems on the market to help you get your water softened or conditioned. Maybe you do not even know what softened or conditioned water means and that is ok, we are here to help. Many states have areas with naturally hard water. Hard water is water with large amounts of calcium and magnesium in it. These minerals in the water will leave build up inside your pipes and the white build up around your faucets as well.  Over time these build up will ruin your pipes and appliances and cost you more money. Hard water makes your skin feel dry and itchy as well. The hard water minerals make it more difficult for soap to get “soapy” and this causes soap scum to be left behind on your skin, not only does this make your skin feel dry and itchy but it can clog your pores causing more breakouts and cause or worsen skin conditions like eczema.

Along with damaging your appliances and skin, having hard water can be costly.  When the hard water minerals make the soap not “soapy” this causes you to use more soap than normal for washing clothes, dishes, and your body. More soap equals more money. As the hard water builds up mineral deposits inside of your pipes your appliances begin to run less efficiently and this extra work for the appliances causes an increase in your energy usage. More energy use equals more money. The extra work on the appliances also wears them out faster than normal so you will be purchasing a new dishwasher, hot water heater, etc. before expected. New appliances equals more money. Basically, hard water equals more money.

Now that we know why we want to soften or condition the hard water we need to know how to. At H2o Concepts, we use a salt-free system to condition water and our biggest competitor is the traditional salt-based system.  So, what’s the difference between a salt system and a salt-free system? At H2o Concepts, we have the premier non-salt system for your whole home. We feel that salt-free is definitely the way to go. Here are some comparisons of the traditional salt system and our salt-free Whole Home Water Filtration Systems.

Salt and No salt

Obviously, the biggest difference is salt and the lack of salt. A traditional salt system uses the salt to replace the hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium. It is an ion exchange system, meaning it replaces calcium and magnesium with sodium. Our whole systems are salt-free and work in a totally different way. We do not exchange any of the ions. The H2o system is actually our own patented system called Amp Force. Our Amp Force System uses energy to break down the calcium and magnesium bicarbonate into a soluble form which eliminates hard water and the issues that come with it while leaving the vital minerals that your body needs and not adding excess sodium.

Water Waste

Another big difference between a traditional salt system and our H2o Concepts Whole Home Water Filtration Systems is water waste. We have been certified green and are one of the greenest systems on the market today. The H2o Whole Home Water Filtration Systems does not have a backwash cycle which is where a traditional salt system wastes the majority of its water. A home saltwater system will waste over 150 gallons on average a week. Here a few other water usage comparisons for perspective.


  • Average dishwasher uses about 6 gallons per cycle.
  • Washing machines use about 13-40 gallons per load depending on its energy-efficient rating.
  • Toilets average around 3 gallons per flush.
  • People use around 100 gallons each per day in the homes.

As you can see, we as humans use very large amounts of water on a daily basis and adding unnecessary waste of water is not good for our environment. This is not only harmful to our planet because of the waste of our natural resource but the salty runoff is harmful to plants, fish and other animals. There are many towns and cities that are banning salt systems due to their harmful effects.

The H2o Concepts Difference

Our system is different. We pride ourselves on our systems being eco-friendly, made in the USA, right here in Phoenix, Arizona and helping our customers to have the cleanest best tasting water available in their homes. Our Whole Home Water Filtration Systems are not just a water condition, they also combine a highly advances water filtration system inside the same tank. Saving you not only space but the need for a separate system to make your salt-filled water more drinkable and better tasting. Give one of our knowledgeable associates a call today and let us help you decide if our system is right for you. We can help you go over the differences and make a decision that is right for you and your family.