I spoke with the owner of Kinetico in San Antonio today. He let me test out water from a kinetico water softener vs. regular tap water and to my surprise there was a major difference. The filtered water that wasn't as hard as the taps was much more enjoyable. He showed me a video about how a water softener in san antonio could help my homes ugly white dish situation and I was sold. Thanks Chris for caring to educate me before such an investment. Worth it everytime!