If your home uses a water softener and you need to replace your current one, here are a few things you need to keep in mind as you go through the buying process.
#1 Figure Out How Hard Your Water Is
The first thing you need to do is figure out exactly how hard your water is. This will help you purchase the best water softener for your particular situation.
There are two different ways that you can figure out how hard your water is. You can purchase a testing kit for your local home improvement store. The kit should contain either a strip or a table that you cover with water or drop into the water. The color the stripe or the tablet turns the water will tell you how hard your water is. This measurement will be given in the units GPG, or grains per gallons.
If you don't feel up to that, you can also hire a water testing company to come out to your home and perform a test of your water for you.
#2 Figure Out How Much Capacity You Need
Water softeners generally filter water by exchanging salt with the other minerals that are in your water. Most water softeners need to recharge and discharge the minerals that are collected in them. Ideally, this process should happen every three or four days; most water softeners are preset to discharge at this rate.
You need to make sure that your water softener meets the capacity of your family. The average person uses about 100 gallons of water per day; so just take the number of people in your family and times it by 100 to figure out how many gallons of water that your family uses per day. Or, take your water bill and divide the number of gallons of water used by the billing days to figure out how many gallons of water your family uses on a daily basis.
Then, take the amount of water that your family uses per day and times it by GPG. This is the number you will need to look for on the water softeners to figure out the capacity and size of water softener that you need.
In order to get the best filter for your individual needs, you need to figure out how hard your water is and how much water your family uses on a daily basis. These two figures will help you choose a water softener that is the right size and capacity for your family.