We differentiate water into two types and these are the hard water containing minerals mainly like calcium, magnesium, some bicarbonates and sulfates, and the soft water which contain little or none of the mentioned minerals. For us to transform hard water into soft water, we let it undergo a system with the use of water softener where there is a reduction of the minerals of the hard water thereby making it into soft water.
By testing your present water supply, you will know the level of its hardness and thus can determine if its needs softening. Note that having hard water will make your washed clothes appear harsh, while washing your clothes with soft water will lead to a softer and cleaner clothes, longer life of your appliance, and you will consume less of your shampoos and other household cleaning detergents.
It is advisable to see first which water softener will fit your household needs, and you can do this by checking your daily household needs and compare it to the output of the equipment you want to check out. Then make a decision if you want a fully manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic of your equipment, where you have to open and close the valves, while in automatic, the equipment would initiate its own recharging cycle. Therefore, if a fully automatic equipment, all you have to do is set the timer and add the salt, considering that the water softener is salt-based.
A review of some matters is also important, from whether the water needs pretreatment to remove iron and manganese, to the review of the full cost of installation, the review of your needs to fit to the features of the manufacturer, and to see if the equipment is rated by some reputable organization. Other considerations would be the location on where the water softener should be installed, and how often you need to change the salts and other maintenance routine.
Know that you will be involved in the operation and maintenance of your water softener equipment. For example, even if your water softener equipment is fully automatic, it will still be necessary for you to restock the salt supply for the brine solution. Note that there is also a need to clean the brine tank on a periodic basis, and note that the frequency of your cleaning the tank will depend on the amount of salt you put in and how pure it is.
Since there are many brands sold in the market today, it is important that you make some research through online for example, and read reviews of the different kinds, its ratings, prices and how easy it is to install.