Help! Looking for a water softener
Relatively new to water softeners. My wife and I bought our first house in 2003 and we knew the water was 22 grains hard, so we invested in a metered water softener using ion exchange. Recently, it looks like the softener is beginning to fail and we are thinking about a replacement.
I've been reading up on the various kinds and it appears the magnetic (ScaleBan) really haven't the consistent results I would hope to see, so it comes down to the salt-free or ion exchange. My wife is not a big fan of the ion exchange as she thinks the water has a "taste" to it she doesn't care for, so I am leaning towards the salt-free route.
So here's my questions:
1. Do they work? Are they a working industry alternative?
2. What companies would you recommend working with? I looked at Pelican's website and they were rather expensive, but I want to make sure I have actual opinions rather than market media.
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!