Water Softener Help
I'm moving into a new home in Texas (Houston) and am unfamiliar with water softeners and was hoping for clarification. I've had the water tested by two independent companies and found roughly 8-9 gpg of calcium and levels > 2 for chlorine. I also pulled the local municipal utility district's water report for 2012 and can provide that if needed for the forum. Ultimately I found that chloramine levels are also quite. I'm convinced I need both a water softener and filtering system but am now more confused by the 5 companies I've asked for estimates from.
These are the products they're offering in order of price (low to high):
Company #1: Smart Choice Gen II City ($2130 includes install)
Company #2: Watts 2 tank system w/Fleck valve ($2995 for carbon filter and install, also throwing in RO system which I don't think I need)
Company #3: Hydrospring proprietary 2 tank system ($3435 includes install)
Company #4: Puronics Terminator ($3795 plus additional $ for install)
Company #5: Plumber's Choice 2 tank system w/catalytic carbon ($4022 includes install)
Any ideas? Help would be greatly appreciated.