If you live in a condo and have noticed that your water has a mineral taste to it, then you may want to consider installing a water softener. Not only can a water softener greatly improve the taste of the water in your condo, but more importantly it can prevent harmful buildup of minerals in your pipes and appliances. In order to find the best water softener for your condo, the first thing you will want to do is find out how hard your water is. Finding out the quality of the water in your condo, is actually easier than it sounds. If you go to your nearest hardware store, you will find several kits in the plumbing department, that will allow you to test your tap water. The most common type of in-home water testing kits, have small strips of paper that when placed in a sample of your tap water, will change color depending on the hardness of your water.
Once you have a good idea of the hardness of your tap water, the next thing you will want to consider is whether to get a traditional salt based system or newer salt-less water softener. For most condo owners, a salt-less water softener like the NuvoH2O Water Softener will be your best bet. Not only are salt-less water softener easier to maintain, but more importantly they are compact and easy to install. In the past the only type of water softeners sold were traditional tank systems, which took up considerable space and required that you plug them in. Which if you live in a condo building where space is at a premium, chances are you don't have the space to install another system that is as large or larger than a water softener. The other benefit to the NuvoH20 system, is the fact that it uses easy to replace filtration cartridges, instead of requiring salt tablets.