I’ve been very fortunate so far asking for advice and once again I thought I’d tap into the wisdom of crowds to see if I can get some help regarding water softeners and hopefully narrow the field a bit. I’ve been doing a bunch of research online though I have yet to reach a conclusion. I found this site which seemed helpful but locating unbiased information comparing various products has been hard to come by. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports doesn’t even seem to review water softeners, at least searching their site didn’t turn up any good results.
The Scotts Valley Water District provides a report each year on the quality of our water and it states a “Total Hardness of 216” which I believe by any means qualifies as “very hard”. I do know our water is reeking havoc with our appliances not to mention our hair and skin. On top of the hardness I’m not at all fond of the taste and use a Watts Premier 5 filter reverse osmosis system which fortunately corrects that problem.
Anyway, I’m looking for a whole house system for a family of five with the understanding it’s likely to be several thousand dollars installed. I’ve asked a number of friends and neighbors but have yet to reach any real conclusion though I’ve found many cases where admittedly systems are not well maintained. Do you have advice regarding whole house water softeners for a family of five with extremely hard water?
[Updated: July 30] Fix the spelling of “advise”. Doh! At least I caught it myself.