If you have noticed a change in the taste of your home's water, then that maybe a sign that your water softener needs to be replaced. Similar to water heaters, water softeners also need to be replaced every 5-8 years or so. If you are not sure what is the best water softener for your area or home, then you can always contact a plumber for assistance. In many cases, plumbers will sell you a water softener directly and offer a warranty on the unit and the installation. Of course, you can also go to your local hardware store and purchase a similar unit to the one that you are replacing. However, water quality and water hardness can change over time, especially if you have municipal water.
The best way to figure out what water softener is right for your home is first to have the water in your home tested. Many municipalities offer water testing for under $20 or you can purchase a water testing kit at your local hardware store. While there are some instant hard water testing kits available, in most cases you want to have a sample of your water tested in a laboratory. With a laboratory water test, you will find out exactly what minerals or contaminants are in your water and the percentage of each mineral.
In case you are looking to purchase a water softener for your house or condo, there are a few things you should first know, like the quality of your water and size of your house or condominium. For condos and modest houses with medium hard water problems, a solution like the NuvoH20 saltless water softener is recommended. The NuvoH2O Saltless Water Softener needs no electricity to operate, which makes setup is much simpler, since you no longer have to worry about doing any electrical worky. Moreover, the essential upkeep on a NuvoH20 unit is minimal, essentially all you have to do is replace the filtration cartridge every month or two. To be able to change a filtration cartridge on the NuvoH2O Saltless Water Softener all you have to do is unscrew the old one using your hands or a wrench and screw on the new one.
Of course there are some downfalls with saltless water softener technology, that the Nuvo H20 uses. For starters, saltless water softeners are not nearly as efficient, and they can be much more expensive if you have poor quality water. Instead, you will probably want to think about a conventional two tank water softener. For instance, the Northstar Water Softener can tackle even the worst quality salt water, and since all your have to replace is the salt pellets in the unit, operating costs are a lot less. However with the Northstar water softener, you will most likely have to hire a professional plumber or get a friend to help you install the unit. Depending on the model of Northstar water softener you purchase, they can weigh between 80-120 pounds making it quite difficult to get down in the basement with just one person. Of course you will also have to make sure there is an electrical box nearby where you are installing the unit, and you will have to do some plumbing work to connect the unit to your water pipes.