Water Softener and Filter Flow Rate

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IslandFlyer

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Hi all and thanks in advance for some advice!

We moved into a new house in GA and have city water. 3/4" line on the water softener loop and 2 adults/2 kids in a 2300sf home.

We are on a budget as we are in the middle of a big move, so I installed a 45,000 AO Smith water softener (I know...) from Lowes. I see that is 7gpm rated. Will it allow more than the 7gpm at a higher flow rate / less softening at peak demands, if that makes sense? Or will it just restrict the output to 7gpm?

I am looking to add a filter as well, the AO Smith inline filter is 7gpm. Is there any need to use a higher flow rate like the Aquapure AP904, or will the water softener restrict the flow anyways?

Ideally and in a few years I would like a nice system like the ones on here.

Thanks!

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The softener does not limit the flow to 7 GPM but exceeding the service flow rate will affect its ability to soften. The inline filter however likely will limit GPM depending on how dirty it gets.
 

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Water filter finally installed. It's city water. 50 micron spin down and AP903. Do I need that much piping on the left side? for some reason I had in my head that the longer straight before the filter the better.

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