I've been researching in the past 2 weeks about ion-exchange water softener hoping to buy one in the next few days so it arrives for me to work on installing during Thankgivings week end. Unfortunately, most retailers provide little information to differentiate the various models. I would appreciate if the community here could give recommendation on the model and a reputable place to buy the unit.
My newborn has very dry skins thus I desperately need this unit in a hurry. I live in a large home (+4000sft) w/ my wife and 3 kids. My uncle likes to live w/ us couple month per year to escape winter in Canada. The house has 1" pipe. The water hardness is around 15 grains. Of course efficient units are preferred if additional cost is reasonable. As far as being a handyman, i am average and would like to find something easy to operate and low maintenance. My budget is up to $1000.
I have seen online a lot of Fleck models but cant differentiate them much except for tank size. I think it would help to know things such as the internal valve size, time to regenerate, number of gallon of water going down the drain, etc. Please share if you have this info.
I also dont have full understanding of how water softeners work. For example, does the internal valve size matter if the tank isn't big enough for it? Please bear with me on these basic questions.
If you are seller and have a unit matching my needs, please dont hesitate to contact me with details and a quote.
Thank you in advance