A water softener is also aptly called as water conditioner as it removes excess minerals from your water supply. The water that you drink every day contains minerals, like calcium and magnesium and they can cause scaly buildup in your appliances and pipes.
Hard water also creates soap scum. This is difficult to remove especially when it sticks to your sinks, appliances and tubs. With the help of this appliance, dissolved minerals can be eliminated before they flow into your pipes.
How much does it cost?
The cost will depend on the brand. For an ion-exchange type, you can expect to pay around $400 to $1,000 but remember that the cost doesn’t include the installation fee which can go from $100 to $500, depending on the professional you want to hire and the type of water softener that the pro will install.
Larger homes need units with high capacity, with prices that can be around $1,000 to $2,500. And if you include the installation fee, the overall cost can go up to $10,000. The cost may add up if you’re installing this unit to an older home that’s not pre-plumbed.
Does the size of the unit affect the overall cost?
It does. The bigger the unit, the pricier it can get. The price of this unit will also depend on the features that it has. Of course, you’d expect to pay more if the unit you want has advanced features.
You need to maintain this unit if you want it to last for many years. You may want to hire a company to maintain the system for you. The cost can be higher but it’s more convenient on your part as you don’t have to worry about how to properly maintain your water softener. With a professional checking the system on a monthly basis, you can be sure that the unit will last for long.