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Which Water Softener do i need?


We know that getting the right softener is an important decision for our customers and we like to take the time to help you with this choice.
 
Fountain Softeners supplies a wide range of water softeners in every style, size and to meet every budget. While its great to have such a wide selection, we understand it can cause a headache deciding what's best for your situation, we hope our best buy selection below helps, if not why not let us give you a call to talk it through?

Compact Water Softener - The ideal economical softener for homes with up to 4 people & 1 bathroom, assembled and tested in the UK.   More info      

Medium Sized Home Water Softeners - Some of our best sellers, these water softeners are ideal for homes of up to 9 people & 2/3 bathrooms. More info

Unlimited softened water 24/7 - Ideal for larger houses with multiple bathrooms or where the number of people fluctuate, this clever softener will only soften the correct ammout of water for your usage.  More info

Large Domestic Water Softener - Designed for large domestic dwellings (9 plus people) and semi-commercial installations such as guest houses, small hotels.    More info

If you are still not sure, call now for clear, impartial advice
  0845 10 80 685 (local call rate) or
email us here.


Types of Water Softener

Single Tank Softener

  • A single tank has a maximum daily capacity so correct sizing is important when purchasing.
  • It is cheaper to buy and run than a twin tank.
  • Hard water possible during regeneration cycle.
  • Regeneration is usually about 1 hour, once or twice a week at 2am.
  • Most popular type of softener sold in the UK.

Twin Tank Softener

  • A twin tank has unlimited soft water - swaps to second tank while the first regenerates.
  • Some run without the need for electrical supply.
  • Ideal if usage varies tremendously from day to day and 24 hour soft water is vital.
 

What is the difference between a timed and metered water softener?


Time Clock - The more basic water softeners operate on a timed basis. The time clock is set to carry out its regeneration on set days. This is usually calculated by the hardness of your water supply, the capacity of the water softener and number of people in the property. When installed, the softener is set to regenerate at usually 2.00a.m. at the calculated regeneration frequency. To ensure that soft water is always available, the interval between regenerations will be under estimated rather than over estimated.

The softener will then regenerate at this set interval regardless of the volume of water used. If the water usage is low, for instance, one or more of the residents is away, there will be unused softened water capacity at the time of regeneration, which can be argued as an unnecessary waste of salt and regeneration water. Similarly, if there is an increase in your water usage, the softened water capacity will more than likely be exceeded and the water would go hard towards the end of the cycle before the next regeneration. If you are going to be away from the property for a period of time, i.e. on holiday, and there will be no water flowing through the water softener it is advisable that it is switched off until your return.


Metered
- Metered water softeners are the most economical softener when it comes to using salt and regeneration water. A metered softener will only regenerate when a pre-set volume of softened water has been used regardless of the number of days this takes.

This avoids under or over regenerating of the softener when your water demand varies. Again the volume of softened water is calculated by the hardness of your water supply, the capacity of the water softener and number of people in the property.

If you are still not sure, call now for clear, impartial advice
0845 10 80 685 (local call rate) or
email us here.

 
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