Tips to Select the Best Water Softener


Water softeners are often bought for the home in order to soften a home’s water. This is achieved with the use of chemical magnets which allow for the trading of water’s calcium and magnesium ions for sodium ions.

The resin tank of a water softener is composed of small beads containing ions of sodium. When the water flows into the resin tank, the magnesium and calcium ions are attracted to the sodium ions present in the tank. They are exchanged for one another therefore making the water softer. When there are no mores sodium ions in the tank, the valve of the softener kicks in and takes the calcium and magnesium ions into the brine tank. The tank siphons out the undesired ions in the resin tank and replaces them with the sodium ions. This makes the water cleaner and prevents the clogging of appliances with water minerals thereby increasing the life expectance of these appliances. Water softeners can be used in conjunction with water heaters, dishwashers, as well as washing machines.

There are two available types of home water softeners. The first is the automatic softener which is accompanied by a timer that allows for the regeneration of sodium ions to occur. This is preferably done during the night. The second form of water softener is the demand initiated regeneration of DIR softener, which instead runs on autopilot.

Not every type of water softener is appropriate for every household. It is important for you to examine what type of softener your home requires and then choose the best available to you on the market. The following are a series of steps to picking the appropriate water softener:

(1) The first necessity is to determine how much water the house consumes. The average American consumes approximately 80 gallons each day. There are typically about 10 grains of water hardness in each gallon of water meaning that there are about 2400 grains of water hardness each day that require filtration. Depending upon the size of the family, a water softener should be chosen that has an appropriately timed recharging cycle.
(2) The second is to select a softener which is simple to maintain and to keep clean.
(3) The softener should also be one that is accompanied by a solid warranty as well as service provided by the dealer.
(4) The softener should also be one that is the most convenient for you and your family.
(5) Do not make a quick decision in choosing a softener. Instead, look at reviews and determine which softener would be best for you.
(6) The softener should be bought from a dealer with a good reputation and must be accompanied by a government seal of approval.

One home softener with a high rating is the Pelican PC1000 Premium Whole House Water Filter. This home water softener uses a filtration process consisting of 4 steps and reduces the amount of sediment, other particulates, chlorine, and other chemicals in your water. This softener costs approximately $950 and does not need maintenance for a period of 5 years and comes with a 100,000 gallon or 5 year warranty. It is ideal for larger homes with more than three bathrooms.

The second recommended softener model is The Home Master Whole House Water Filter. This water softener contains a 3-stage carbon, iron, and sediment filter and it removes approximately 95% of minerals, chemicals, dirt, and other toxins found in the water of the home. It is the cheaper option and retails for $675. It features a 2-year warranty and is suited to both large homes as well as for families who don’t want to be constantly monitoring the recharging cycle of the softener.

Although these are perhaps the most popular and widely studied softener models, these are by no means the only good machines on the market. Make sure to study reviews of different appliances so that you can make the right choice for you!

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I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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