Why is Culligan better than “non-electric” water softeners?
Non-electric water softener companies often make the claims that they have superiority over so called “conventional water softeners”, based on lower salt usage and elimination of electrical consumption. Their overall “pitch” is that their equipment offers a better value through reduced operating costs. Non-electric water softeners also like to infer that other water softeners use more water. The truth is that non-electric softeners can use 2.5 times more salt and 7.5 times more water than Culligan’s top-of-the-line water softeners featuring advanced “water sensing” technology. It is important to remember that your water hardness can and does change during the year. Some months our water is harder or less hard than others depending on several factors. Culligan’s advanced technology on our high efficiency water softeners has the ability to sense when your water hardness has changed. How in the world could a “non-electric” water softener do that? The answer is simple….it can’t. It is also important to remember that the amount of electricity a Culligan softener uses is only pennies per day. It’s not like your Culligan system is sitting there burning up electricity. Don’t be fooled by marketing gimmicks. If you truly want a heavy duty, reliable water softener you need an electric unit. And please also know that if you have well water, iron in your water, or water with sediment, non-electric systems simply will not work or at best fail very quickly. There really is no comparison when you look at the fine details of Culligan vs. non-electric water softeners.
I want to leave you with a couple final thoughts on non-electric water softeners. Non-electric water softeners typically require a pre-filter which is another costly piece of equipment to maintain. These non-electric units have over 3 dozen moving parts and gears and even a small speck of sand could cause the unit to fail resulting in an expensive service call. People should also be aware that non-electric water softeners will only regenerate when you are using water. Since the system has no electricity to give it pressure, the system steals the pressure from your water use. That means your showers will have significantly reduced water pressure…and what if someone flushes the toilet or runs the dishwasher while you are in the shower. Good-bye water pressure! Non-electric water softeners do not have the option of ‘delayed regeneration’ like Culligan does. These are the unfortunate facts that these non-electric water softener companies will never tell you…until you call to complain once the system is already in your home.