CWS sales only the highest quality systems on the market today. Our systems are assembled by the leading manufactures and suppliers in the industry, such as Pentair, Fleck, Clack, Pentek, Vortech, Ultima, and many more. We only offer systems that are designed with componets that will last and always provide the most efficent and affordable operating costs.
What size softener do I Need? (Based on a Regeneration of every 7 days)
Take # of people in Home multiplied by avg. gallons per day per person 75 (national avg.) multiplied by water hardness (20 is avg. for Maricopa) = daily grain requirements, multiplied by days of recommended regeneration (7) equals unit size.
You should also take into consideration the # of bathrooms and if you have multiple body sprayers and frequency of quests. You should always consider rounding up to the next size unit to cover extra factors plus your system will operate more efficiently using less salt and regenerating less. The difference in costs upfront is minimal and will pay for itself many times over.
Do Softeners Add Sodium to my diet?
The amount of sodium in your water is directly related to your total water hardness.
According to the WQA (Water Quality Association), for every grain of hardness there will be 30mg of sodium in a gallon after it has been softened.
20 Grains x 30mg = 600mg in a Gallon (128oz)
600mg Sodium / 128oz = 4.69 mg per oz
4.69mg x 8oz = 37.52mg
In an 8oz glass of 20 grain softened water there is approximately 37.52 mg of sodium.
White Bread 1 Slice 170mg
Diet Soda 12 oz 40mg
Cheerios 1 Cup 200mg
If your home is new construction and is pre-plumbed with a loop the cold side of the kitchen tap is by-passed and does not receive soft water so there is no extra sodium being added to the water you would be cooking with or possibly drinking. Even if the cold side of the kitchen tap is on the home plumbing loop it can be taken off. Adding a reverse osmosis will also remove sodium and provide you with pure drinking and cooking water.
How long will a Softener Last?
A good quality unit being used with high quality softening resin will last 7 to 12 years. Adding a filtration system that removes Chlorine will also extend the life of the resin.
How much will it cost me a year?
The electronic control valve will use less electricity then a common alarm clock. Depending on how your unit was sized and if it is maximizing it's efficiency the average yearly costs will be less than $100.00 including salt. Using Potassium is much more expensive averaging $23.00 per bag vs $5.50 per bag of salt.