Water softeners have become a necessity these days because of their many benefits. More and more homeowners want to have their own water softening system in their homes. So, if you are currently searching for the best one too, this post will give you an idea of the features that you should look for.
The best features
Flow meter (automated clock mechanism)
The best water softeners must certainly have this feature. This is an automated clock mechanism which determines the time when the softener is sent to regeneration. The flow meter function is also used to determine recent water usage. If the flow meter is fitted with a microprocessor, the better. A microprocessor helps take your average water consumption on a yearly basis and then uses these figures to maintain a reserve of soft water that is variable. Over the useful life of the water softener, this can turn out to be a cost saver as it significantly reduces energy and salt costs.
Poor quality, generic water softeners do not have this feature. As such, they are known for downflow brining. This is when the hard water enters the water softener at the top of the resin bed and then expected to flow via the resin for a complete ion exchange process needed for softening. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible for hard water to settle on the top of the resin bed naturally. Upflow brining, on the other hand, injects and directs all the hard water at the resin bed’s base, making it flow and move upwards via all the media layers, where it is then pristinely softened and delivered to the taps.
The resin is the internal media of your water softener. The resin that is of low quality has a poor softening capacity, thus requiring repeated regenerations and the unnecessary usage of water and salt. Also, the resin used should be up to snuff. Otherwise, it will break at annual rates of between 25-35%, leaving your home with no soft water. A good water softener should have a resin that does not degrade beyond 0.5% annually.
A good water softener should have LED displays which are easy to read. This feature provides information that is up to date and gives your water softener a flexibility of over thirteen programmable cycles.
Every home has its own unique water. A good water softener should be engineered and programmed to suit the needs of the end user. When a careful analysis of your home water is carried out and your water softener is custom engineered, the contaminants and the impurities present can be easily identified. This way, the water softener can be designed specifically to alleviate these issues.
When you buy a water softener with all the above features, you can be confident that you will get the soft water that you deserve. Also, it is highly recommended that you learn how to install a water softener. You can read the instructions online or you can also seek the assistance of expert installers.