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How do we rate water softeners?

THERE ARE MANY IMPORTANT FACTORS WHEN RATING WATER SOFTENERS

Purchase Price:
Worth 1 star for purchase prices under, $1,900.

According to a 2001 American Express Retail Index report on everyday spending the average consumer will spend over $9,000 on discretionary items including fast food, gifts, and health/beauty products. Of that, $396 will be spent on health products. Also according to this report, average household expenses are expected to rise. That makes the purchase price even more important to your budget, as does the next factor, yearly running cost. (About.com: Retail Industry, http://retailindustry.about.com/library/bl/bl_amex0320.htm)
Yearly Maintenance:
Worth 0.5 star for units that do not require yearly maintanence to operate. Not only do you save yourself money in electric costs, you save yourself water waste from our next factor.
Backwashing:
Worth 0.5 star for units that do not waste water through backwashing.
Satisfaction Guarantee:
Worth 1 star for units that offer the customer a guarantee on performance
Where you can buy:
Worth 1 star for units that give you the option to purchase direct from the manufacturer online or from a local dealer. Products that limit you to calling or having to purchase local create higher prices to the consumer and make it more difficult to shop pricing, warranty and repair costs.
Certifications for Performance:
1 star for units that have third party certification documenting their performance.
Max Rating:
5 Stars out of 5
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Note:
Water softeners do not remove contaminants, such as chlorine, chloramines, THM's, VOC's, SOC's, they are designed to address hard water issues.
It is recommended that a whole house water filter be coupled with any water softener.


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