We will therefore continue our investigation into the comparative water softeners and anti limescale products. We advise you, if you have not read it, to consult the previous article.
The CO2 is automatically and continuously injected into the water. On contact with it, it is transformed into carbonic acid. This harmless element (which causes bubbles in soda) transforms limestone into calcium and magnesium bicarbonates. The level of these elements in the water is the same before and after injection. The water and sanitary networks are therefore not scaled. One could compare this action to that of white vinegar, but milder and more preventive.
It's a very common system in aquariums !!! It allows a better management of the Ph of the water and favours the development of the plants in the water.
All the treated water is useful, no millilitre is wasted unlike a salt water softener.
This process is also environmentally friendly as it uses recycled CO2 collected by capture.
It is necessary to count around 200 euros of gas per year and nothing else to foresee except possible technical breakdowns.
Ecobulles, solucalc and diluflow are the main manufacturers currently sharing the CO2 softener market. The techniques used differ in the way the carbon dioxide is injected into the water, with the Diluflow model also being distinguished by its integrated water leak detection.
We will update any new brands that we become aware of.
To equip yourself with a CO2 water softener, it will be necessary to plan a budget equivalent to a salt water softener, i.e. from 1800 to more than 3000 euros depending on the installation and the connection work to be carried out.
This is a fairly recent process and it is still difficult to say. Its effectiveness is recognized in aquarium science for its ability to regulate Ph and thus reduce limescale deposits. On the other hand, we know that it will also act on the development and proliferation of algae and plants in the water.
It is a finely tuned device that should absolutely be adjusted by the professional.
The previous subject; study well before starting and the salt softener. Next article on magnetic, electronic, galvanic, catalytic anti-limescale... we promise, we'll do everything we can to clear up this mess !!!