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Installing a quality water softener offers several benefits to you and everyone in your home. If you are dealing with hard water – like 85% of people in the U.S. – you are likely dealing with dry hair and skin, scum, stains, funny tasting water, low-lathering soaps, and the high costs related to having to replace appliances as they wear out sooner than they should.

While you may be interested in installing a water softener, you may not know what to consider or how to choose a water softener. If this is the case, keep reading. Here you can find some tips to ensure you choose the right water softener for your home.

Consider Your Water Usage and Household Size

A typical person will use approximately 75 gallons of water a day. If you have four people living in your house, you will likely use 300 gallons a day.

If you do a lot of laundry or take multiple showers per day, your daily water usage per person may be 100 gallons or more.

If you live in an area known for hard water or have a family who uses a lot of water each day, consider installing a higher-capacity water softener. You can find out more about these to determine if they are necessary.

Check the water softener’s grain capacity. This refers to the number of hard water minerals the device can remove before regenerating. You will reach optimal efficiency by installing a water softener that will regenerate approximately one time every three to 10 days.  

Regeneration Style

The next feature to consider is how the water softener regenerates. A softener that is on timer for regeneration is able to be set to regenerate at regular time intervals, regardless of how much water you use.

You also have regeneration options that are based on demand. These regenerate based on the amount of water used and will result in the most efficient use of the salt.

Additional Contaminant Removal

Along with softening the water, some units can remove other contaminants, too. These contaminants include chlorine, sediment, and higher levels of clear water iron.

Typically, these are features that are only offered with a higher capacity water softener.

Convenience Features

See if the water softener you are considering offers any other features. If so, it is possible to reduce the maintenance required by your water softener.

Some of the things to look for include high flow valves, touch screens, water flow indicators, and salt indicators.

Adding Water Filtration Systems

It is a good idea to add a water filtration system to ensure complete water treatment solutions. With this installed, you can feel confident that all harmful contaminants will be removed from the water before it is used.

Now You Know How to Choose a Water Softener

When it is time for you to learn how to choose a water softener, you will likely find the tips and information above are helpful. Keep this in mind to ensure you get the device that best suits your needs.

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