help! water softener and ro system for my home
To whom it concerns,
I would like some advice on water softeners and RO systems. I've done a lot of blog reading, I've met with a Culligan Rep, a Kinetico Rep, and spoken with an online retailer (budgetwater.com), and I am still having a hard time deciding.
Here are the basic details of my water.
-550 Disolved particales
-zipcode = 45039-OH
-2 Adults, 2 children - So let's say 4 Adults
Now my first concern is what type of softener I should buy - I'm not too interested in the sizing of the unit as I'm confident I'd be able to determine that on my own and with the help of the company I'd buy the softener from.
What I am interested in first and foremost is whether I should buy the Culligan (Medallist Series - $1,379.18 (with an external carbon filter add $426)), the Kinetico (4040 - $3,051.90 which includes the carbon filter internally), or some random online brand (you'd probably be able to recommend the best one for me but I have looked at Budgetwater.com based out of PA - priced around $600-$700). The Culligan and Kinetico installation is included in the price where as the online one is not.
So which one should I buy? What would you recommend? Does one need to be services more than another? Maintance costs? Which one will simply last the longest before I'd need a new one?
My next conern is whether I even need a Carbon filter? What exactly does a carbon filter do? I know it removes chlorine but what else? The Chlorine levels are not even high enough to mater....so what else do I benefit from having a Carbon filter?
Once I determine the type of softener...my next conern is the reverse osmosis product I choose. Cullligan offers two types, one at $699+tax that includes installation and then one at $1,099+tax that includes installation. Is one really that much better than the other to justify the $400 increase?
Kinetico then offers two different reverse osmosis machines as well...one at $1,193 and another at $1,368. They proclaim that theirs are the very best on the market.
The online retailer offered me a reversee osmosis machine for around $200 that does not include any installation. I'd also like to point out that the online retailer offers a 5 yr warranty on all parts for everything they'd sell me...no labor warranty of course.
Aside from the warranties, I'm interested in why there is such a price difference between the Online retailer and Culligan/Kinetico. Next I am interested in which RO system is better when looking at Culligan's and Kinetico's.
Lastly I'm then interested in whether there is an alternative that you'd recommend as a RO system that is a better bang for your buck for the RO system.
Note that my reverse osmosis system will be located under my sink and have a line running to my fridge as well.
This pretty much wraps up my questions for now. I want a good product that gets the jov done and done...