Twin (dual) tank water softeners have been more and more popular in recent years. Not only for commercial users, but some homeowners are also now opting for a twin tank system in their home.
If you’re in the market for a water softener, you may be wondering if the additional up-front cost is worth it for a twin tank system. There are a few factors that should be considered before answering that question.
First, let’s cover the advantages of having a twin tank water softening system over a single tank water softener.
Advantages of a Twin Tank Water Softener
Here are the main advantages of a multiple tank water softening system:
- 24/7 soft water with no downtime
- More efficient regeneration using less salt and energy
- More consistent water quality
The main reason you might want or need a twin tank water softener is for consistent soft water 24/7. This cannot be done with a single tank system. Here’s why:
A water softener works by taking hard water and bringing it into the tank where there is a resin bed. The hard water particles attach to the resin and are replaced with (soft) sodium ions.
Once the resin is full of hard water particles, it must be washed (or regenerated) so that it can soften effectively again. During this regeneration, your softener is down and hard water is running through your pipes and appliances.
With a twin tank system, this is not a problem. When one softener tank is regenerating, the other is used to soften water. This means no downtime and no hard water - ever.
Twin tank systems are typically more efficient as well. They regenerate only as-needed based on water consumption and capacity, using as little energy and salt as possible.
Single tank systems are typically programmed to regenerate at night (when less water is being used). This leads to either in-efficient energy and salt consumption or water quality issues.
Who Needs a Twin Tank Water Softener?
Typically, twin tank systems are used in commercial applications. Businesses typically have a greater need for water and consistent water quality at all times of the day.
However, for some homeowners, the up-front cost of adding an additional tank is worth the benefits. For larger families in an area with hard water, a twin tank system may be the best option over a very large single tank softener.
Typical twin tank water softener users include:
- Healthcare Industry
- Food/Beverage Industry
- Education Industry
- Hotel and Hospitality Industry
- Large Families with Hard Water
The best advice is to consult a professional water treatment company to assess if a multiple tank water softening system is right for you.
Need a Quote for a Twin Tank System?
If you decide that a twin tank system is right for your home or business, its time to get a quote. Contact the Robert B. Hill Co team to get a custom quote built for your home or business.
We will listen and assess your needs, the space available, plumbing requirements, delivery needs, and more. We don’t believe in “one size fits all” like other companies. Every part of the system will be tailored to your needs.
Contact us today to get started