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How Do I Know What Size Water Softener I Need?

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If you’ve read through our blog, you already know all about the benefits of a water softener. When you live in an area as mineral-rich as Texas, water softeners are even more beneficial. 

At this point, you’ve made the smart decision to move forward in your quest to get a constant supply of clean, sulfate-free water for your home or business needs. The next step in this endeavor is to figure out just what size water softening system suits your needs. Going too big can waste water, but you also don’t want to have to wait for frequent regeneration, either.

How to Size a Water Softener

In order to determine the appropriate water softener size for your home needs, multiply the number of people in your home by the grains of hardness in your water. Water hardness is determined by measuring how many grains of hard minerals per gallon (gpg) of water your supply contains.

You can figure this out by either contacting the city if this is where you get your water from, by using a test kit, or by scheduling a free water hardness test with your local water softening professionals in Austin. The resulting number of household members multiplied by grains per gallon is the number you want to look for in a water softener capacity.

Water Softener Sizing Information

Why is it important to make sure you don’t have too large a water softening system? Wouldn’t it make sense to have a larger system, so you’re not worried about frequent regeneration? Actually, in order to ensure the greatest possible resin efficiency, and therefore more cost saving to you over time, it’s important to make sure your system is not too large so as to waste resources.

Keep in mind the additional factors when sizing your softener system. Your water source and the intended use of your softener are important when determining the size you need. To soften well water, it takes greater resin volume to get rid of hard-to-remove contaminants. Compared to home with pre-filtered city water, you may need a larger softener. Installing a softener for a business? You may need a system that can handle a larger volume of water if you plan to accommodate customers.

We Offer Free Sizing Consultation for Water Softener Installation in Austin 

Leave the water hardness testing and softening system capacity to our softener professionals in Austin with a FREE water test. We help you determine the best system for your home or business needs, so you have delicious tasting water without waste. Call American Water today at (512) 388-0022 to schedule your sizing consultation for free.

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