Know that there are two kinds of water and these are the hard and soft water, of which the first one mainly contains calcium, magnesium, some bicarbonates and sulfates while the second is the kind with none or little minerals such as mentioned in the first. 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.
It is assumed that if you want your water to become soft, that you have tested first for the hardness of your present water supply. 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.
In order to determine the kind of water softener you need, it is advisable that you check first your household daily needs and make a comparison of the output of the equipment you want to review. You will have to determine if you want an equipment that is fully manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic, where the difference lie in opening and closing the valves yourself for manual equipment and where the machine will initiate itself in its recharging cycle for the fully automatic. Thus, where the water is salt-based, a fully automatic equipment will be set manually by the operator of its timer and then add the salt, and the machine will function by itself.
It is also recommended that you review if pretreatment of the water is necessary in order to eliminate the iron and manganese, review the full installation cost, review your needs against the features of the manufacturer, and that the equipment is rated by a reputable institution. You have to consider too where you will position your water softener, how often you change the salts, and what is its maintenance routine.
Be aware that in the operation and maintenance of your water softener equipment, you will have to be involved with it. And so even if your water softener system is fully automatic, you will still be involved in the restocking of the salt supply for the brine solution. Another need that you have to do is to clean the brine tank periodically, for the cleanliness of the tank will depend on how much quantity of salt you put in and how pure the salt was.
Because of the many brands out in the market nowadays, it is better that you make some research through the internet for example, and read reviews about these brands, look at their ratings, their prices and its installation methods.