Water softening systems are recommended in homes because hard water can cause a lot of issues when it comes to personal use. Hard water can cause skin related diseases, can damage electronic equipment like washing machines that use water for functioning and can also bring spots on kitchenware and also on the kitchen sink.
Even though there are many water softener reviews out there showcasing the best water softening systems that you can purchase, most of those articles does not detail on the actual points you should consider in order to buy the right water softening system for your home.
So today I have listed out some tips that you can consider in order to make sure that you are picking the right water softening system for home use.
6 Tips to Choose the Right Water Softening System for Home Use:
Test the Hardness of the water:
Before installing a water softening system in your home, it is important that you realize how hard the water running in your home actually is.
The hardness of water is basically calculated in two different metrics: GPG or Grains per Gallon and PPM or Parts per Million. Considering GPG as the measuring standard, water that has 10.5 GPG or above is considered really hard water whereas water with up to 3.5 GPG is considered soft water.
If the water supply in your home is from a municipal company, then you can contact them to know the hardness of the water or if the water is supplied by a private company, then you can buy a water test kit (easily available online) in order to check the hardness of water.
If the hardness of water is expressed in PPM, then you can easily convert that quantity to GPG by dividing the PPM value by 17.1.
Find the required size of Water Softening System:
It is also important to pick the right water softening size for your home.
But how does the size matter?
Well, a water softening system works by exchanging the hard minerals present in water (like calcium) with soft minerals (like sodium). The size of the water softening system determines how much quantity of water it can purify before needing to change the “resin” that does the mineral exchange work inside the water softening system.
You can calculate the size of the water softening system that you will require by calculating the “grains” of minerals that you will have to exchange on a daily basis for providing enough soft water for all the members of your family.
You can calculate the “grains” by using any water softener grain calculators that are available online or by following the formula below.
Please do note that on an average, 80 gallons of water is used by a single person per day, so you can use the value 80 to substitute for the below formula.
((No. of people in the house) x (Gallons used per day) x (Hardness of water running in the house in GPG)).
Pick the correct water softener type:
There are different water softener types like salt-ion exchange water softener, salt-free softener, dual-tank softener etc. The type of water softener will also determine the tanks that are required to soften the water and will also determine the space and resin requirements.
So be sure to pick a water softener type depending on the demand of your household as water softener systems are not cheap and the type largely determines the pricing of the softener systems.
Pick the required timer system for water softener system:
There are different types of timers for water softener systems like Timer-based, Meter-based and manual-based. The timer type of water softener determines how often the water softener system regenerates the required soft minerals in the system and the type also determines the amount of “salt pellets” you need to add into the softener system in order for it to be capable of being regenerate the soft minerals.
Choose between Sodium and Potassium:
If you have a sodium restriction in your diet due to health issues, then it is important that you know water softeners generally use sodium salt pellets to regenerate the requires soft minerals. However, if you have a sodium consumption restriction, then you can use Potassium pellets instead of sodium pellets in order to generate the soft minerals and they do the same task as sodium pellets.
Look for certification on the water softening system:
Water softening systems are certified by an independent international organization for testing called NSF to guarantee the working of the system. Make sure that the water softening system that you are about to buy is certified by NSF and also by other local organizations that monitor the water softening system standards.
So, above were six different tips to choose the right water softening system for your home. I hope you found all the tips suggested by me informative and in case you wish to add some tips of your own, feel free to mention your views as comments below.