We are doing a complete remodel on our house and are considering softening the water. I have searched this site fairly extensively about water softening and am only getting extremely confused so I thought I'd just put up my own post.
We have city water and are told it's around 15.2 g/gal.
1. Is this terribly hard water?
2. What are the pros and cons of having soft water?
3. I have gotten a quote for an HP Soft 2 for $2650 or for a double tank system, it would be $3350. I haven't read anything about HP, so I'm not sure if it's a reputable brand.
4. I realize that if we did the softening, we'd still need to filter the drinking water. Is a regular filter ok, or do we need an R/O system?
I'm concerned about filtering out too much (can you do that?) Doesn't one need some minerals to keep a healthy body and wouldn't it come from the water?
For the filter I was quoted the following for the 3M Body Glove brand.
BG 1000/ $415 with $133 for each replacement filter
BG 3000/ $478 with $185
BG 12000/ $750 with $375
I understand the R/O system would be comparably priced.
Please help! I'm not even sure if we need to soften our water or just put softener in our dishwasher to keep our glasses from etching!
All help is greatly appreciated!