February 14, 2017 | Posted in:Water Softener
As a homeowner, I’m sure all of you have faced the struggle with water softeners. People tell you how important it is to have one and you feel obliged to follow through by purchasing a water softener because you think you have to, and people keep telling you it’ll “pay for itself” in time. But let’s take a look at some of the costs that go with some common water softeners.
“But I Thought It Was a One-Time Buy”
Though technically this may be true, the fact of the matter is that there’s a lot more to be said than just the initial price tag. You have to consider that in order to maintain the system there are two main things that you’re going to constantly need: consumable salt and consistent unit service. Now, maybe that’s not a big deal for you personally, but keep in mind that every seemingly little thing does indefinitely add up over time and nobody needs any extra stress in their day-to-day life. According to Industry Standard, the average family of four will need to obtain a forty-pound bag of salt each month. That’s typically around $25 dollars each month added onto all other expenses. That’s an extra three hundred dollars every single year.
Servicing isn’t so bad because it only needs to be checked once every one to two years. However, that check has to be done by a professional and we all know how costly it is to get anything looked over by a professional. This is especially painful to your pocketbook if you bought a cheaper water softener, because, though they seem to be more affordable in the beginning, just like any other low priced option the quality is usually poorer. This means that your water softener will weaken sooner and will need to be checked far more often than it would if you had purchased a more expensive and better quality version.
“Okay, So What Do I Do Then?”
Glad you asked. One alternative you might consider could be purchasing a salt-free water softener instead of the typical salt based water softener. A salt-free water softener is less expensive and because it works by changing the form of the minerals, unlike salt-based water softeners, it gives the water a much slicker feel, which is commonly ideal for many people looking for an alternative to constantly buying bottled water.
In the end the choice is up to you, but keep in mind that in addition to the upfront costs of salt-based water softeners the ongoing costs make them more expensive overall than salt-free water softeners. If you’re interested in discussing if a salt-free water softener is the right choice for you, or if you’re interested in having one installed, contact Clear Water of San Marcos for more information.