We have two types of water, the hard water which contains mainly calcium and magnesium, some bicarbonates and sulfates, and the soft water which has little or none of the mentioned mineral contents. 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. And so, in fully automatic equipment, if the water softener is salt-based, the operator will just set the timer and add salt, and the machine will do the rest.
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. Aside from previously mentioned considerations, you have to identify also where you will install the unit of your water softener, how often will you change the salt, and what maintenance routine should you conduct.
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. 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.