Cost control is an important concern when it comes to water softener installation. While an important functional appliance, the average person wants to ensure the installation stays within their budget. There is no standard price when it comes to this service, but there are several factors that help predict the investment. Learn more about some of the cost contributors that go into the installation process.
1. Water Chemistry
Homeowners typically consider the installation of a water softener when they have issues with hard water. Water earns this clarification when the level of minerals in the water is excessive. What's important to understand is that not all hard water is the same; there are both mild and severe cases. Consequently, homeowners need to invest in water softeners that are designed to meet their specific needs. As a result, a home with a more severe case of hard water would need to invest in a more heavy-duty water softener than a home with a less severe problem. Typically, the more powerful the water softener, the greatest the cost of the system.
2. Installation Restrictions
Any restrictions concerning the installation of the water softener is also a factor that will impact the cost of the process. The reason this factor is important is that there are special guidelines on where a water softener can be installed. First, the appliance cannot be installed directly next to a water heater; there must be a certain amount of distance between the two. Second, it must be installed near a drain, and thirdly, there must be an outlet to connect the softener to. In a situation where a homeowner cannot accommodate these requirements and updates need to be made to install the appliance, the cost of the process will increase overall.
3. Home and Family Size
The size of the water softener will also influence the overall cost of the appliance installation. Water softeners are sized based on two standards, the size of the home and the number of people that live in the home. Generally, the larger the home, the more water-supported devices it uses, and the larger the family size, the more gallons of water that will be used. Households on the larger size will also need to invest in a larger unit to ensure the softener can accommodate the demand. Larger units tend to be more expensive than smaller units.
For specific details about your water softener installation, it's always a good idea to contact an installation professional.