What Do I Need to Know Before Purchasing a Water Softener?

No one likes having hard water. But, when it comes to righting the situation there are more options to consider than just marching to the hardware store and picking up a water filter.

The first decision that you need to make is what type of filter is best for your situation: Installing a water softener? Going with a water conditioner? What about a reverse osmosis filtration system, or a purification system? While all of these options would result in a better-quality water pouring into your glass from the tap, your own personal situation will dictate which option is truly best to set you up best.

Why Should I Get a Water Softener?

While there are the obvious benefits of a water softener and filtration system helping protect your home’s drinking water from contamination from chemicals, organic contaminants, and other such factors that can change the taste or smell of the water and potentially impact your family’s health negatively, a water softener system can also help improve the day-to-day operations of your life at home.

You may not realize it, but hard water causes the build up of scales on surfaces, as well as spotting on your dishes and taps cause them to rust or wear out quicker. A water softener can help prolong the life expectancy of your appliances, as well as helping you with small savings such as having to use less detergent.

When Should I Not Use a Water Softener?

While water softener systems can help improve the quality of your drinking water at home, there are some scenarios where you may want to consider alternatives. One of the largest situations to be aware of is if you are looking to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet. A lot of water softener systems use ionization to soften the water, this process uses salt ions to swap places with other minerals softening your water. The downside to this is there being extra salt in your water.

This post was written by Kristian D’An, owner and water expert at Eco Water Solutions of Florida. They offer whole home water solutions such as softeners, whole home water filtration systems, and reverse osmosis systems. Their focus is to provide Floridians with safe and clean water throughout the home.