Most homes in our nation are supplied with public water that is considered to be hard. This means that the water has a high concentration of dissolved minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. Hard water can be harmful in a number of ways. It can damage our plumbing systems, ruin our clothes, dry out our skin, and more. Installing a water softener can solve these problems. The most effective option is an ion-exchange system. The mineral ions that cause hardness are exchanged with benign sodium or potassium salt ions. In this article, we will look at five water softener facts.
1. Improved Taste and Odor
When the minerals are removed from water, the taste and odor are usually improved significantly. The true taste of water can be a little bland, but some people add a little sea or pink salt for extra taste and to boost the beneficial mineral content. When you make your favorite beverages with softened water, you may notice that they taste better because you’re tasting the coffee or tea without the unwanted minerals.
2. Better Appliance Performance and Efficiency
One of the more annoying aspects of hard water is that it creates scale on the inner surfaces of pipes and on heating elements. This is the material that you can see inside an electric kettle and it prevents the heating element from working efficiently. This leads to extended heating times, which use more energy leading to higher energy bills. This may not seem like a big deal when you’re considering a single electric kettle. But, when you start to think about all the other water using appliances in your home, such as the water heater, dishwasher, washer, coffee machines, and more, it puts this problem into its proper perspective.
3. Cleaner and Softer Fabrics
When clothes and other fabrics are washed in softened water they look and perform better. The colors are vivid, they feel softer and they will last longer. This is because the minerals that cause hard water tend to get tangled in fabric fibers. This can make them feel stiff and itchy and they work at the root of the fibers to make them fade and break apart.
4. Saving Money
We’ve already discussed the potential energy savings when you use soft water. But, you can also save money on other essential items, such as soaps and detergents. When you shower, wash clothes, and bathe in soft water you don’t need as much soap to achieve a lather. Soft water also helps to protect your plumbing system and appliances from the formation of scale to reduce the frequency of repairs.
5. Better Skin, Nails, and Hair
The minerals in hard water can clog your skin pores, make your nail brittle, and tangle in your hair. Extra rinsing will not help unless the root cause (hard water) is not dealt with. Hard water inhibits the formation of soap suds that you need for effective cleaning and if you add more soap this wastes money with no appreciable improvement. Switching to soft water will help to clear up skin issues, your nails may feel stronger, and bad hair days will be rare.
If you want to install a water softener in your home, contact your local water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.