A home water softener system can take up a lot of space most conventional systems are quite bulky particularly the resin and brine tanks. If you have a large garage or utility room where you can house your water softener you’re in luck. However most people don’t have space indoors in addition to their washer, dryer, water heater, and other large appliances. For this reason some homeowners like the idea of installing their water softener outside. There are some major challenges that you will need to consider before you go through with this.
Obviously if you live up north you’ll know that it would be impossible to install your water softener outside however if you live in Florida that you might be tempted to install your water softener outside since you usually don’t get cold weather. While there are ways around this beware that if water freezes inside your water softener tank it can cause serious damage to your softener. Actually there are ways to install your water softener outside no matter where you live. You can build an insulated shelter over the unit or bury it underground.
Durability of the Water Softener System
A water softener system is usually a fairly durable piece of equipment however being in the environment can degrade your system over time. If you’re going to install your water softener outside be sure that you get protective coverings for all the valve’s and any components that will be exposed to the elements. There are systems that are sold for both indoor and outdoor use however they are not meant to be exposed to continuous sun, rain, ice, or snow. Make sure your water softener system has a warranty that covers outdoor installation before you make the decision to keep your softener system outside.
If you’re installing a typical ion exchange water softening system, a salt-based system, you will need not only access to water but also access to electricity as well as a drain line. If you are able to have access to all of these installing your water softener outside can be a great idea since you could create a small shed that would house your water softener as well as house all your bags of sodium chloride. Since salt usually comes in 40 or 80 pound bags housing them outside yet away from the elements would be a big benefit.
Think about this
So maybe you don’t have room inside for a large water softening unit but you live in a very cold climate and installing the water softener outside what is it too many challenges as well there are few other alternatives you could consider. A compact water softener might be a good choice some units are designed to maximize their use of space or you could simply install your water softener so that it softened in your drinking water then you could get by with a unit that produced much less softened water per day. You could also consider a tankless water softener which essentially is a salt-free system they don’t do exactly the same thing as a salt-based system does however if space is a big concern you might want to look into them.
Point-of-use water softeners are also on the market now, you can get a softener to go directly on your shower head as well some dishwashers now, with built-in softeners. Unfortunately there are some cons associated with these alternatives the point-of-use systems only work in one small area meaning you might have to purchase several to get the benefits that a whole house system would give you this might end up costing you more money.
Whatever you end up choosing to do rest assured you will enjoy the benefits of a water softener system through good tasting water, brighter clothes, soap that lathers well, dependable pipes, and long-lasting fixtures and appliances.