Information obtained from Virginian Cooperative Extension indicates that more than 80% of homes in the US use hard water supplies. In simple terms, hard water is water containing excessive metals or minerals such as iron and calcium. Although hard water is safe to use, it can lead to other major problems related to appliance use and cleaning. A water softening system dilutes or removes the mineral concentrations in hard water. It comes with the following benefits:
Dishes and clothes cleaned with hard water may end up with streaks, soppy residue, or white spots. Softening water helps in rinsing the soap residue more thoroughly leaving the dishes, clothes, and even hair feeling and looking cleaner.
A water softener also reduces the amount of soap or detergent required for cleaning. This helps in lowering the costs for purchasing these products. With less film and soap scum left behind, showers, sinks, and bathtubs stay cleaner. Additionally, their maintenance becomes easier after installing a water softening system.
Research indicates that hard water irritates the sensitive and soft skin. With a water softening system, it becomes possible to enjoy a good shower, without worrying about skin irritation. Soft water can be very beneficial for adults and children with skin sensitive allergies and dry skin.
Extended Appliance Life
The minerals present in hard water can build up on the interior surfaces of appliances. This decreases their overall efficiency and reducing their usable life. According to statistics obtained from North Dakota State University, a water softening system increases the life of dishwashers, water heaters, washing machines, and other appliances using water.
When appliances last longer, it translates to saving money, since replacing these items will not be frequent.
A longer appliance lifespan also benefits the environment. This is through the reduction of waste and conservation of energy and raw materials used during the manufacturing process. A water softening system is something installed at once with huge savings for the user in the long run.
Faster Water Heating
It takes lesser time to heat soft water with a water heater than hard water. Research indicates that a water softening system improves the efficiency of electric water heaters by more than 22%. On the other hand, the efficiency of gas-powered units is improved by more than 29%. With improved efficiency, there is less energy consumption and lower gas and electricity bills.
Cleaner Plumbing System
Hard water leaves lime and scale deposits in plumbing pipes and other fixtures. With time, these deposits build up leading to clogging and corrosion. This can shorten the life of the plumbing system at home or wherever these plumbing fixtures have been used.
With the reduction of mineral deposits, a water softening system reduces the buildup. This reduces the risks of corrosion and clogging. As such, the life of the plumbing system is extended. Additionally, the fixtures operate more efficiently and effectively. In the case of hard water, the showerheads get clogged with these minerals. In two years time, they become virtually useless.
A water softening system provides real cost savings in maintenance, service, and replacement of dishwashers, washing machines, showers, and water heaters. This also extends their lifespan. Water softeners also save time and are a valuable investment for every home.