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Old 02-05-2013, 10:11 AM
 
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Hi All,

I am currently going thru a debate (in my mind though) of installing a Water Softener system. I believe a lot of home owners have it installed. My question is to all of you -
- do you recommend installing it
- yearly costs associated
- which company to go with

Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I would recommend it. Instead of explaining why, I'll let a picture do the talking. This is the filter of my whole house filter and softener after 3 months of use:



Myself and many others on here use a brand called Kinetico. They are well known for their products because it's an all mechanical system. Others require an electrical connection which makes installation more difficult and more expensive.

Annual cost is pretty low.
Filters: $7 ea. x 4 per year = $28
Salt: Varies with how much water you use... I'd guess $40 - $60 annually.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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What's the cost of installation?
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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I have Kinetico as well. High end from a price perspective but worth every penny.
Good choice that you added the filter. Not many do actually :-)


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I would recommend it. Instead of explaining why, I'll let a picture do the talking. This is the filter of my whole house filter and softener after 3 months of use:



Myself and many others on here use a brand called Kinetico. They are well known for their products because it's an all mechanical system. Others require an electrical connection which makes installation more difficult and more expensive.

Annual cost is pretty low.
Filters: $7 ea. x 4 per year = $28
Salt: Varies with how much water you use... I'd guess $40 - $60 annually.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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Anywhere between 3K to 4K depending on your house being plumbed for the system or not, size of the house, and many other factors. Not cheap by any means comparing with the disposable softener systems


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What's the cost of installation?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:18 PM
 
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I just installed mine last week. The guy that came out to install does a good job as well.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Cypress, TX
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Give Belsome a call. About 1/3 the price of Kinetico, and he'll install a reverse osmosis drinking water system under your kitchen sink. Only cost on the softener is the salt, I put a bag in ours every 1 1/2 months on average ($4). The RO system I replace the sediment filter twice a year, carbon filter and polisher once a year, and membrane should be good for 2-3 years. Maybe around $30-$40 per year if you buy the filters online.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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Thanks all. Will look at Kinetico and Belsome for quotes.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:24 AM
 
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A water softener or a filter?
Why answering apple when he is asking cherry?
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:30 AM
 
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A water softener or a filter?
Why answering apple when he is asking cherry?
Most people install both to be fair if you're going to put a system in.

We have an EcoWater system. It does the job just fine but in retrospect I wish I'd shopped around a bit more.
We have a whole house system as well as a separate Reverse Osmosis system for drinking water.
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