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Confused About A Water Softener

by Mark Timmons March 05, 2011 4 Comments

We received the following inquiry:

We are building 3600 sq ft home, 2 adults and 2 small (but growing) kids will live in. we want softer water for bathing/showers - but also worry about drinking water safety... what is best solution? and most affordable solution? We are overwhelmed softener vs. osmosis vs deionization...? Can you help make sense of it all.

The Water Doctor Responded: I am going to assume you are on city water. I appreciate your wanting to have good quality water for bathing and showers, and part of that equation is chlorine removal. Do you know that in a 15 minute shower cause your skin to absorb more chlorine than you could ever drink in a day? For the highest quality water for personal use and for laundry and dishwashing, a water softener simply is the best choice as it makes clothes whiter and brighter (softer too) and causes you to use about 50% less soaps and detergents, which is a significant savings. Additionally, soft water can save you hundreds of dollars a year in water heating cost and other plumbing repairs. Normal water softeners do not remove chlorine, but we offer the Fusion Hybrid which soften and removes chlorine and chemicals. I would recommend that for the whole house and then a reverse osmosis system for drinking and ice. You do not want a deionization system in a home. Here are the links to the models I would recommend Synergy Twin-Alternating Metered Water Softener Aquapurion 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis System

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March 08, 2011 Tyler Johnson

That’s good to know that a water softener would let you use about half the soap that you normally would. I would think that would help you to save some money that would add up after a while. I’ll have to consider getting one of those so that I could have better water and use less soap.

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