Please help size a watersoftener... justalurker?
I'm currently completing a new home, should be ready in about 6 weeks. We've stubbed up for a water softener in a closet accessible from the garage. I'd also like to do a whole house carbon filter, and yes I know there are those that advise against it. The house is 4,100 sq ft, 4 full bathes, and it's my wife and I plus our son - and we're expecting our second child so I'd like to size for four (4) people.
I filled a 4.5 gallon bucket in 32 seconds using my master tub. I also had a water test done, here are the results:
Copper = 0 ppm
Total Chlorine = 1.5 ppm
Nitrates = 0
Nitrite = 0
Alkalinity = 100
Hardness = 9 GPG
pH = 7.0
TDS(Total Dissolved Solids) = 297ppm
Iron = 0
I'm looking at a Fleck based softener and carbon filter, I would of liked to have gone with Kinetico but I prefer to stay in the $1,500 'range' (or less of course).
Please make your recommendations - I've read a lot of good info from justalurker on the web so hopefully he will chime in as well. Thanks Gardenweb!