How to choose your Water Softening System
With the vast amount of promotion from different water treatment providers and the confusion that it creates we have developed a list of simple steps or guiding points to help you in the selection process. Keep in mind that the ultimate decision is: “what quality water do I want in my home”? The second determining factor is the water. Water systems are not universal. The suggestions below are for city or treated water. We have other suggestions for well water or special applications water.
Using these simple guiding points, you will have a better way of choosing what system you chose for your use.
These points may be a bit confusing so if you need help understanding them feel free to contact us and we will do our best to help bring understanding to you, or you can get more information from our websites, or by getting our one on one 15 minute NO HARD SELL presentations in your home.
The amount of confusion that is out there is amazing! The amount of options being offered is also staggering. 1 tank; 2 tanks; Multi-stage units; Magnets; Salt or non-Salt, and so many other options.
So here we go:
There is much discussion within the industry that companies claiming non-salt units should even be able to use the word softening in their promotional materials. They may have the best-looking web sites, but they are not designed for the same optimum water. And they are honest about it, but those honesty points are buried deep into the fine print on the last of many pages or web promotions. Then there are the add on filters that need to be replaced frequently creating an ongoing expense that helps create revenue for the company selling the units.
There isn’t a single true water professional that I know that wouldn’t be excited about a non-salt unit! Still not built to give the same quality softness of a resin-based system!
Some companies sell a 2-tank system with Resins in one tank and the Carbon in a separate tank and an added salt to hold the salt that is used to help clean or regenerate the softener part of the unit. Beware of those that tell you that the carbon will last longer than 5 years in a separate tank. That is not going to happen. Carbon is great and every Fridge Filter has that. But the carbon will eventually rot and breed bacteria.
So, any NOT SO LOGICAL common-sense claim should raise your concern. I’ve heard stories that are so amazingly impossible but impressive. One guy sells a unit that has a 5-micron filter as part of his softener that never needs replacing! That would be like having a coffee filter that never needs changing nor cleaning. The fact that that they claim a small 5-micron hole as the size of the filtration means it is going to hold back items larger than 5-micron so it will plug up!
There are those applications or situations like well water where different tanks may be needed.
So to summarize:
BENEFITS TO LIFE WITH HIGHER QUALITY WATER
Water touches every part of our lives from health, to cleanliness, to rejuvenation of energy, to enjoyment of what we eat and drink, to the care of everything we own. You would be amazed at how many things we can benefit from just using purified clean water. Some of the benefits and recommendations for water filtration are outlined here in the President’s Cancer Panel Report.
Some more benefits: