Template Assisted Crystals (TAC) Water Softeners

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, problems, installation and r' started by OC Resident, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. OC Resident

    OC Resident New Member

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    Newbie here and I plan to install a GAC backwashing system and a water softening system. I was wondering what the experts think about about TAC water softeners which I understand do no require salt. Do they perform as well as the salt-based water softeners? I did a board search and didn't find much discussion about this.

    Also, our local water district uses chloramines to treat the water. I was researching online, I read somewhere that a Centaur filter is the only one that removes chloramines - is this accurate? If so, is this the only one I should consider?
  2. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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  3. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    Please don't use "water softener" and tac in the same sentence. I sell massive quantities of them and I will be honest. I don't know one guy in the industry who has one at their own house. It is one of the questions I ask during the green technologies section of my seminars. Still no one in the past three years. They can be somewhat effective, sometimes. In general I recommend against them unless the customer hates soft water or are unable to do the salt, or are in a brine restricted area.
  4. OC Resident

    OC Resident New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback on the first part of my question - what about the Centaur filter? Is this the best filter to use in areas where the water is treated with chloramine?
  5. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

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    Just about any catalytic type of carbon will do well with Chloramine, contact time is key to its effectiveness.

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