2. What size softener do I need?
Naturally the physical size of a water softener is a factor when considering the space available in your home. If the softener needs to go into a cupboard it can be difficult to sacrifice the space, but remember you don’t need to fill your cupboards with loads of cleaning products once the softener is installed!
When choosing the right size softener for your home, you need to consider running costs and wear and tear. This means the more often the water softener needs to recharge, the harder it is working, the more it will cost in salt and water usage and the more wear and tear.
For some people considering 24/7 block salt water softeners, the size of the softener may appear irrelevant. However, a 24/7 softener can be expensive to run, if it needs to recharge 2 or 3 times a day. For others looking at single tank softeners may fear the wrong size will mean they will run out of softened water. A single tank water softener, means only hard water is available when it regenerates. If it is sized too small for the home’s water usage it also will be working too hard and costing more money than necessary to run.
Choosing the right capacity water softener for the home’s water usage will ensure you do not run out of soft water and it won’t cost a fortune to run.
What determines the water softener capacity?
The volume of soft water that can be created between regenerations is dependent on the design of the softener, the volume of resin it holds and the hardness of the water in your area.
EcoWater Designed for Every Home
At EcoWater Systems our single tank water softeners come in a range of sizes and capacities. Designed for all sizes of homes, their high capacity and intelligence won’t let you run out of softened water and maintain fantastic efficiency and reliability. We can help you choose the right softener for your home. Contact us, we will be happy to help.
3. Where can I install a water softener?
The simplest place to install a water softener is as close to where the mains water enters the home as possible. Often water softeners are fitted into kitchen cupboards because that’s where the mains water enters the home. However, an expert advisor can recommend where best to install the water softener, whether that’s the kitchen, utility room, basement, garage or even outside!
The best way to install a water softener
Water softener installations need to abide by water regulations. Its therefore best to use a professional to install a water softener. You will need to test your water pressure and measure water hardness. You may want modifications to the plumbing for drinking and the outside tap.
The water softener is attached to the plumbing by inlet and outlet valves and a by-pass valve is fitted so the softener can be isolated if necessary, but not cut off the water to your home. Drainage for the softener discharge from the cleaning process is required, and an overflow to the outside or suitable escape for emergencies. Once properly installed a water softener needs very little attention, but occasionally needs to be filled with water softener salt.
4. What type of salt does an EcoWater softener use?
All EcoWater Systems softeners use tablet salt. This is widely available through retail outlets, builders/plumbers merchants, garden centres or from delivery companies. It comes in 10kg or 25kg bags. We do not recommend any particular make – just make sure it is tablet salt. Our water softeners do not take block salt because we believe it is inefficient and it is more expensive than tablet salt.
5. Why is the salt level not going down?
EcoWater softeners use very little salt, therefore, you may not see the level of salt going down for some time. The softener display will show the level of salt inside the softener, when the display shows one or two bars that’s the time to think about topping up with salt.
6. What are the running costs of an EcoWater softener?
A water softener uses salt and water to carry out its cleaning process (regeneration or recharge). Since EcoWater softeners use readily available tablet salt, and as EcoWater recommends a softener suitable to the home’s water use, this means our water softener running costs are low.
As a guide an average family could use 6 bags of 25kg of salt a year, which is approximately £60-£80 a year.