How Important is NSF Certitication for Water Softener

Old 02-13-09, 08:43 AM
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How Important is NSF Certitication for Water Softener

As I look at softeners, some are NSF/ANSI standard 44 certified, and others are not. Seems that the big box store brands are more likely to be certified. The article below implies its a pretty good set of tests. Thoughts?
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NSF sets standards as the article states. These are tests on systems (as used in the home) as well as components (tank only, etc.) These tests are very rigid and controlled. Make sure the insignia defines system or component qualifications.

They provide assurance to the dealer and end-user that what you sell/buy--if set up properly--will perform as tested. Some products put NSF stickers on the ads when maybe one component (RO tank) has passed standards but not the whole unit.

For those interested in quality and assurance, NSF is a very good first step. Those out there who say it is a bunch of hoopla or sales hype are probably not selling and won't deal with quality units.

If a product is not certified, it can mean one of two things: It was never tested, or it failed testing...They don't produce a list of failures...which would be interesting, don't you think?

WQA, UL, BioPure Labs, and other testing and validation organizations may have different parameters, but NSF is maotly based on water and food equipment for aesthetics, health, materials, and function.

Andy Christensen, CWS-II

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