If you have hard water supplied to your home, you will already know how much it can cost you in soap, detergent, and damage to your water using appliances. Softening your water is possible by installing a water softener system, but how can you decide which one is right for your home? One of the best things about living in the modern world is that it’s easy to get access to reviews and testimonials online. But, reading a water softener review can be confusing if you don’t understand the terminology or how the different features work. In this article, we will explain three key aspects of any good water softener review so that you can better understand what they mean.
- The Type of Water Softening System
The first thing to look for is the water softening method that the system will be using. Broadly speaking there are three methods used to soften water for domestic use.
- Ion Exchange: this removes water hardening mineral ions, such as magnesium, calcium, and iron, and replaces them with softer sodium (salt) ions.
- Salf Free: this system uses potassium chloride salt as a substitute for salt.
- Magnetic: this uses a series of magnets to pull any hard minerals out of the water supply.
All of these water softening methods have their pros and cons, but the ion exchange method is extremely effective, and this is the system that many people choose.
- The Regeneration Frequency and Water Volume
The next thing to look for will be based on how much water your home needs on a daily basis. This will determine the volume of water that you need to soften and how quickly the system will need to regenerate. An average person uses around 75 gallons of water each day for every water related activity. Ideally, your water softener should regenerate every 3 – 10 days. The regeneration process is measured in the grains of hard water minerals that the system can remove. Here is a quick break down.
- 100 – 200 gallons per day = A system that can remove 20,000 – 29,000 grains.
- 200 – 400 gallons per day = A system that can remove 30,000 – 44,000 grains.
- 400 gallons plus per day = A system that can remove more than 44,000 grains.
Monitoring your water bills for a few months is a great way to work out home much water your home uses on a daily basis. Bear in mind that water usage is generally higher in summer and this should be taken into account.
- The Regeneration Method
There are two main methods that a domestic water system can use for regeneration.
- The regeneration system may operate on a timer; the homeowner sets the system to regenerate every four days or so regardless of how much water is used.
- The regeneration could use a demand initiated system to regenerate based on the volume of water that’s been filtered.
Of these two methods, the second is far more efficient in terms of salt use. For this reason, most homeowners opt for a demand initiated regeneration system.
If you have more questions about water softeners, get in touch with your local water treatment professional for expert help and advice.