I have had a water softener installed for many years and already knew the full worth of them. I felt that newer softeners would be more efficient than my existing softener that regenerated during the night and which seemed to be using a lot of granular salt, particularly after members of the household increased with virtually another family of four moving in.
I decided to contact a local firm, Soft Touch Water Softeners, to discuss the latest alternatives. I had already done some research and my findings agreed with the advice given to me. I was advised to install a Minimax 2 which differed from my existing softener by using block salt, instead of granular, and it required no electricity connection, which was an added bonus.
The Minimax 2 was installed in a couple of hours and was instantly providing softened water. I soon realised the old softener, although good, was not working as efficiently. The water was now softer and there was no sign of the previous salty taste.
I was told the salt blocks would be used at the rate of approximately 1 block per person in the household, per month, which seems about right. The cost therefore is around £2.50 per month per person. This is offset to some degree by savings on soaps and detergents. The shower, bath, toilets and basins stay cleaner and don't have that grubby look after use. Anyone with a dry skin condition seems to benefit from the softened water.
I'm pleased with my decision to update and would recommend it to anyone that may be undecided about the benefits.