Kinetico Water Softener - Math Doesn't Work?
I hear a lot about how good Kinetico Water Softeners are. We just moved into a new house that has hard water (19-20 Grains), so I had a Kinetico rep come out to the house. He was very thorough, and I like the overall system, but I donÂt see how their system is any more efficient or better than competitiors.
Maybe my calculations are incorrectÂ..Please double check me.
At our hardness, the Kinetico will need to regenerate every 313 gallons, and will use 29 gallons of water to do so. 29/313 = 0.093 Gallons of Regeneration Water per gallon of Softened Water Produced.
Another item that scares me is that when our household expands, this system could be regenerating daily or even more frequently. IÂve heard that too frequent regenerations inhibit a strong brine solution from having enough time to form.
A traditional 40,000 Grain unit will regenerate every 2000 Gallons. (40,000 grain capacity / 20 grains per gallon = 2,000 gallons?). LetÂs estimate it uses 125 gallons to regenerate. Therefore the efficiency is 125/2000 = 0.0625 Gallons of Regeneration Water per Gallon of Softened Water Produced.
Even if this traditional unit is only 75% efficient, and needs to regenerate every 1500 gallons, the efficiency is 125/1500 = 0.083 Gallons of Regeneration Water per gallon of Softened Water produced.
The traditional water softener is still more efficient by my calculations.
IÂm not trying to bash the Kinetico. I like their system, IÂm just looking for reasons to justify the 40% price premium for a Kinetico. Their RO System Carries a 150% price premium! IÂm all for buying quality, but I'm wondering if these price premiums exceed the return on investment.