How to choose the best water softener system for the Arizona desert climate

Hard water is the most common water quality problem in the United States. High water hardness causes soaps to be less effective, and it leaves soap scum residue in bathtubs, on shower doors, on skin and hair. It is more than a nuisance: Hardwater causes scale and build-up in water heaters, and it builds up in components of washing machines and dishwashers. This can add up to costly repairs.

There are three minerals that make up hard water: Calcium, magnesium, and lime. This water hardness is measured in grains per gallon or parts per million. Water hardness above 7 grains is considered “very hard”, and hardness over 10.5 grains per gallon is considered “extremely hard”. And how does water in the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix measure up? It falls into the “extremely hard” category, because water measures from 12 to 22 grains on the average! Water softening in Phoenix is a must.

Choosing the best water softer systems in Arizona is no small task, because there are many products on the market. They may all seem very similar in features and benefits, so it boils down to comparing quality of components and construction, reliability, and of course, price.

First, let’s consider the issue of price. Prices can range from anywhere between $1000 and $4000, depending on the dealer. Independent water treatment dealers offer better prices than franchise water dealers, because they can offer more choice.

The quality of systems from independent water softening dealers is on par with the quality that the expensive franchise dealers offer. The most important component of any water softening system is the control valve, and it must work together with the controller to optimize efficiency to clean and regenerate the water softener. Look for valves with few moving parts, valves with a single piston design, and valves made of Noryl, a glass-reinforced composite material with great strength and durability. Avoid systems that are manufactured overseas— Valves in these systems are usually constructed of cheaper materials that cannot withstand the warm, dry Arizona desert climate.

Also make sure that high quality resin is used—High cross-linked resin is the hallmark of superior water softener systems in Arizona. High cross-linked resins have greater resistance to the typical degradation of resin in water supplies that are highly chlorinated, such as Phoenix municipal water supplies.

Finally, the water softening system for your home should be reliable. This means that components and materials are of high quality. It also means that thec ompany’s service is dependable. Check that the independent dealer is a licensed contractor for water softening in your locale. Also check local Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings and reviews to confirm that the company you areconsidering has a solid reputation. Clear Water Concepts is a leader in water softening, Phoenix, for over a decade. We offer the best water softener systems in Arizona. Give us a call for a free quote today.