Hard water can cause many issues like scale buildup on plumbing, color fading of the clothes, dry skin etc. So, if you are finding all these signs at your home then you probably need a water softener to solve the problem.
Once you have decided to buy the softener, the first and foremost thing – the softener should be efficient and just the right one you looking out for.
How to Choose the Perfect Water Softener?
To make the perfect selection, you have to get a softener that matches the quality of the water and the usage amount. So, that you don’t run out of salt or softened water at any moment.
The perfect choice is made by rightly sizing your water softener, and for that, you need to know the daily water softening requirement.
This will give you the hardness score ie; the amount of calcium and magnesium present in your home water supply. For example, if the amount of calcium is 121 to 180 mg/l then this means that the water is extremely hard.
The second factor to be considered is the amount of water used at home. This depends on each person’s average use and also on the number of persons staying.
Daily Softening Requirement
When you multiply the total hardness and the daily water requirement, you get the daily softening requirement.
Taking a quick example for you –
Imagine that the hardness is 10 grains per gallon.
Average usage of water is 80 gallons per day, and there are 5 persons at home. So, multiplying both the number gives you the total water consumption in one day = 5 persons x 80 = 400 gallons of water/ day.
Therefore, the daily softening requirement = total water consumption per day x total hardness of water = 400 x 10 = 4000 grains is to be dealt with in one day.
Now, that you know how to calculate the softening requirement, it would be easier for you to choose the right type of softener for home. You only have to go through the number of grains handled by the water softener in one day, and match it with that of your need.
If it matches, then you are good to go!