So you’ve decided that your house would really benefit from a water softener system, after suffering from hard water for too long. There are a number of things to think about when choosing the right softener for your house as they do vary by size and features.
Choosing The Right Size Water Softener
When selecting a water softener you need to make sure it is the right size to handle your home’s water supply, but is not so big that you can’t afford it. When talking size, it’s not the physical size of the unit, but its ability to remove hardness from your water, without needing to constantly regenerate.
Water softeners are generally sold in different sizes according to how much hardness they can take out of your water before needing a regeneration cycle. The aim would be to look for a unit that could run for around three days before requiring to be recharged.
The easiest way to work out the size you need for your home is by taking the number of people in your home and multiplying that by 75. This is the magic number because most people use around 75 gallons of water daily. Then you can multiply your total, by the number of grains per gallon which your unit can handle, and you can then work out the capacity and regeneration levels.
Easy-to-use Features and Controls
It is important that you are confident and happy that you know how to use the system and what all the features and controls do, before you commit to buying one. Make sure you understand how the regeneration system operates and what you need to do, and that you are happy with how it all works.
Deciding To Buy Or Lease Your Water Softener
It may be that you decide not to buy a system but instead lease one, so have a look at all of the options to weigh up the costs, as well as the features which are available on both schemes. It may be cheaper up front to lease, but buying might be cheaper in the long term.
Finding The Right Company
Always look for two quotes from different companies to compare and make sure they all include the same features and warranty types. You need to look at whether they will install it for you or if you need to get a plumber in to do that, and check the monthly fee for maintaining the system so you don’t get any nasty surprises.
Always make sure the company has the appropriate water softening quality and certification levels before you buy so that you know the equipment meets industry standards and that the manufacturers claims are all validated.
Once you have chosen your water softener and had it professionally installed, you can relax, confident in the knowledge that your blocked pipes, poorly performing appliances and lime scale build-up around your sink and taps, will now all become a thing of the past very quickly.