How To Choose The Right Water Softener System Setup
Buying a water softener system requires a little more than heading to a nearby store and picking the first system you come across. There are many types of softeners and if you make the wrong choice, you could find yourself having to purchase a new system a short while later.
Choosing the right type of system is important because it also determines how the system can be set up. This can impact how effective your system is.
Point System or Whole-House System
There are water softeners that are designed to be installed at a specific point. This means that only the faucet associated with that point will provide soft water. On the other hand, there are systems that are designed to soften water for the entire home.
If you're using a point system, it has to be set up at the location/faucet where you need soft water. This might be your kitchen or shower. Whole-house systems have to set up at the point where the water enters your home.
Composition of Water
It's not enough to say that water is hard; it's important to define what is causing the hardness of the water. There are many substances that can make water hard. Knowing exactly what is making your water hard can help you to choose the right system for your home.
For example, if the water hardness level is very high, your plumbing could be at risk. Therefore, it will be safe to choose a whole-house system. You may also not wish to be regenerating your filter every other day. When you know the level of hardness of your water, you'll be able to pick a softener that has the right capacity.
Salt-Based or Salt-Free
Salt-free softeners, commonly referred to as conditioners, are becoming more popular. This is due to the various issues associated with conventional systems. These systems don't need to be recharged with salt regularly, and they may not need any maintenance. Therefore, the systems can be set up in a different fashion compared to conventional systems.
Salt-based softeners must offer easier access to allow the addition of salt and cleaning of filters.
Is Filtration Needed as Well?
The water in some parts of the country may need to be filtered as well as softened. If your water needs to be filtered, the placement of the filters will determine where you can set up the water softening system.