Aqua-Rex Electronic Water Conditioner
Aqua-Rex is upgrading its electronic water conditioners for treating hard water with a new power supply that can be connected to USB outlets and the same transformers that are used for re-charging cell phones. Aqua-Rex is unique in being the only product of its type with independent third-party performance verification from IAPMO R & T Labs and is being increasingly specified in place of conventional softeners, as well as, on projects where softeners would normally not be used because of cost and environmental reasons. The new low voltage input eliminates the need for UL certification, thus reducing cost and complexity. Aqua-Rex units are sized to be suitable for single residence homes, multifamily, and all types of commercial, hospitality, health, and correctional facilities.
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How does a water conditioner work?
Unlike a water softener, a water conditioner does not remove hardness particles from your water supply. It “conditions” water and changes the chemistry of the particles for a certain amount of time to keep it from building up.
“Water conditioner” is a broad term for a wide variety of products and technologies. Here are the most common types of water conditioners.
- Electrically induced precipitation uses a direct electrical current to precipitate water hardness and other compounds. The hardness precipitate forms on an electrode that must be cleaned periodically. Some studies have shown that precipitate forms a soft sludge on surfaces, such as a heating element, that is easily removable by fast-flowing water near the surface.
- Electrochemical water treatment systems induce the removal of dissolved hardness minerals and other contaminants using electricity. The technology goes by several names: continuous electrolytic deionization, capacitive deionization, or electrically regenerated ion exchange. The introduction of a negatively charged electrode, or cathode, into the water will cause positively charged cations to move towards it.
- Template-assisted crystallization uses surface-treated resin beads to convert (not remove) dissolved hardness ions to microscopic scale-resistant crystals. The polymeric beads are fluidized creating agitation that releases the microscopic crystals and allows for further formation of crystals. Once these crystals are formed and released from the beads, they are insoluble particles that will not form scale on surfaces.
- Magnetic water treatment, or the use of magnets and electromagnetic devices for water treatment, is a controversial method. The approach is to pass the hard water through a magnetic field in order to form microscopic precipitates that do not form scale on water heaters, pipes, and other plumbing fixtures. There is no scientific consensus as to the effectiveness of magnetic water treatment and as to its removal mechanisms. Thus magnetic water treatment, unlike the other technologies described above, should be regarded as an unproven technology.
Water Conditioning is really a broad statement used by utility companies. Water conditioning includes a whole house water filtration system, reverse osmosis, fluoride filtration, and water softener.
What Do Water Filtration Systems Do?
While water softeners target issues like spots on dishes and buildup on appliances, water filters aim to supply better-tasting, cleaner water by removing a wider array of contaminants. These can include:
- Metals such as arsenic, lead, copper, iron, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium
- Industrial and pharmaceutical byproducts such as pesticides or hormones
- Chlorine and chloramine
- PFOS and PFOA (Perfluorooctane Sulfonate and Perfluorooctanoic Acid)
- Sediments and particulates
- Change the chemistry of hardness particles for a certain amount of time
- Reduce scale build up in plumbing for a certain amount of time
- Removes additional chemicals, like chlorine, from water
- Waste less water