Modern day urban living and increased health and hygiene consciousness has made water purification systems an integral part of our daily lives. Irrespective, of whether they are needed for a small family home catering to four members or a large office with hundreds of employees.
With so many companies in the market, no wonder the consumer is spoilt for choice when they compare water softeners. Not only that each company will have anywhere between two to five models to choose from. The downside is that as with most purchases today, a consumer must analyze the rival merits of water softener systems. Not doing so can escalate your cost by thousands in the long run.
The kind of softener you end up buying would depend upon the quality of the water (how hard it is), the size of the consumer base (a high capacity water softener for a nuclear family could waste water, salt and electricity, whereas the reverse for a large factory would give insufficient soft water). It is important to remember that there is a difference between producing soft water and removing contaminants.
Depending on the quality of your water you might do better to purchase a water softener system that will significantly lower contaminants like chlorine and lead, perhaps even bad odor and taste.
The next thing to watch out when you compare water softeners is the quality and durability of the valve that controls the flow of water as it determines when to regenerate the resin beds. This valve is the most expensive and critical part of the water softener. If you’re not a technical person the only way to compare the rival merits of water softeners is to read reviews on their valves.
Another feature to watch out for when you compare water softeners is the regeneration system that would be how your water softener will clean itself, because the cleaning can be time based or demand based. In time base regeneration, you are the arbiter of when to regenerate. You may therefore, determine and preset the intervals, such as hourly, daily, weekly and so on.
This regeneration system would suit you, if you have a relatively constant demand. However, if you have a sharp fluctuation in demand then regeneration on demand would be more efficient because the regeneration will be need based, depending upon an analysis of the water usage for activation.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when you compare water softeners would be the price which can vary anywhere from a few hundred to a dew thousand dollars, and no expensive does not necessarily equal better, nor does heavily discounted or low priced equal bargain. Lastly, check your price against the warranty.