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FAQ: Common Water Softener Questions Answered
Did you know that hard water problems persist in 85% of homes nationwide? With those odds, it’s very possible that your home is one of them. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution — water softening. If you’re considering purchasing a water softener for your home, here are a few commonly asked questions you might be looking for an answer to.
Q: How do I know if I have hard water?
If it’s particularly bad, you’ll be able to tell by touch and feel. What do we mean? Your towels and linens will be stiff, your skin will feel dry and your tub and sinks will be full of rust rings and scale buildup. This blog talks about some DIY ways to test your water at home.
Q: What does “grain capacity” refer to?
Pay close attention to this rating when selecting your water softener. “Grain capacity,” refers to the maximum number of grains of water hardness it will be able to remove before having to regenerate. A higher rating, means it will be more energy efficient!
Q: How do I know what size softener I need?
As a general rule, multiply the number of people in your home by 80, the average number of gallons of water a person uses per day. Then, multiply that number by the grains of hardness in your water after you have it tested. This will tell you which grain capacity to look for.
Q: How does regeneration work?
In short, your water softener will need to regenerate itself once it has gone through a full water softening cycle. The resin beads that attract and remove the harsh minerals will need to be rinsed and reset to handle the next round. For a more detailed explanation, check out this blog.
Q: How much water does it take to regenerate?
Typically it takes about as much water as it does to wash a load of laundry. That’s why choosing a system with the right grain capacity rating is so important. The less your system needs to recharge, the less water you’ll waste.
Q: Does a salt-powered softener use a lot of electricity?
Not at all! In fact, it uses about as much as a digital alarm clock. Saltless, electric versions on the other hand use a lot more.
Didn’t find the answer you were looking for? Don’t fret! The water treatment experts at Aquarius Water Conditioning are easily available to answer every question left on your list. For more information about our water softeners and the water softening process, call us at 888-741-9025.