If you have hard water in your home, then you want to look into purchasing a water softener to help remove minerals from your water supply. There are a number of different manufactures and models of residential water softeners and it can be confusing when shopping for a new water softener. Luckily there are many reviews of the best water softeners online, that you can read, and become more informed on the various models and requirements of each water softener. For many residential homeowners, the choice will come down to whether or not you want to purchase a salt or saltless water softener, each of which have their advantages and disadvantages.
When looking at residential water treatment, you should also consider purchasing a water filtration system for your home. While a water filter will also remove minerals and other contaminants that cause hard water, they also remove chemicals, heavy minerals and even bacteria that can be in your water. Many homeowners start off with an inexpensive filter, such as the aquagear pitcher, which will allow them to treat roughly a gallon of water. The advantage of pitcher water filters, is that they are incredibly cheap, most cost under $100 and they can be fairly effective. In fact, many homeowners will start off with a water filter pitcher and then advance to a whole house water filtration system and still utilize the water filter pitcher, to further refine their water. However, there are a lot more things to consider when purchasing a whole house water filter, such as the quality of your water, contaminants and space restrictions in your home. Also since whole house water filters can cost upwards of $1000 and be fairly complicated to install, in many cases you will have to hire a professional plumber to perform the installation and setup of a residential water filtration system.