I'd first like to know if a water softener is all you need. I have a well that has water so heavy in minerals, etc. I installed a Clearwater system that includes a softener, mineral phosphate remover and a reverse osmosis filter system for the drinking water. I went for years using just a softener and was disappointed. Fixtures rusted and stained constantly. Have a reputable water conditioning company come in and give you and analysis of your water. Just be sure not to be too eager to sign up. They'll test your water, but at times they'll try to hardsell you.