Andy CWS wrote:
Single tank softeners do calculate service cycles to the number of people using water as if each person used a specific number of gallons each day. It is not an ccurate way to determine the size of the softener but it all they got to work with. Twin tank systems don't estimate that way; they are sized according to the plumbing and the quality of the water being treated, neither of which changes greatly over time, although in some places may if the water source changes.
Modern control valves use the actual recorded daily water use of the home to establish when they regenerate.
Actually the alternating twin tank Kinetico softeners you sell use a hardness disc and then the number of gallons treated to determine when regeneration occurs.
Regarding twin tank systems you say: they are sized according to the plumbing and the quality of the water being treated... How does the plumbing impact/effect/affect etc. the size of a softener?
Did you mean to imply that regular softeners aren't sized for the plumbing and quality of water being treated (and what the treated water is to be used for)?
All alternating twin tank type softeners, including your Kinetico, use softened water to regenerate each tank. That causes them to use capacity and the salt required to create that capacity, for every regeneration.
Some twin tank type softeners will regenerate numerous times per day. On average for a family of four, with 1" plumbing and say 20 gpg hardness, how many times a day, on average, for the Kinetico softeners you sell? Or what is the minimum and maximum IYO?
The capacity of all softeners is adjustable by simply changing the salt dose in the given volume and type of resin in the softener.
The physical size of a softener, or a backwashed or regenerated filter, is dictated by the type of resin or mineral in cubic feet needed which dictates the physical size of the tank to be used.
The physical size of the tank then dictates the control valve that can be used based on the required backwash rate in gpm for that volume and type of resin or mineral.
Also, city water hardness levels change frequently, private well water can too but it changes much less frequently, and an owner of a water powered Kinetico must go to the local dealer and obtain the correct hardness disc and then take the control valve apart, swap the discs and then put the Kinetico control valve back together. I hear they usually must pay for the new disc.
I also hear there Kinetico control valves allow full main line water pressure in the brine line and against the float valve in the salt tank at all times except during the brine draw and brine refill positions of a regeneration.
Only Kinetico control valves require tearing the valve apart to change the hardness setting or has main line water pressure in the 3/8" polyethylene tubing and compression fittings and against the plastic float valve in the salt tank between regenerations!
Andy, I'm sure that readers want you to correct any inaccuracies in my statements.