A new water softener is an investment in your home, and most savvy homeowners will look at the return on investment before making any serious purchase. Fortunately, it is easy to see that your new water softener will soon pay for itself.
The Immediate Savings
You can start enjoying savings from the moment your new water softener is installed. Hard water creates a number of issues around the home that you may not be aware are increasing your household costs. When you install a water softener, you can reduce your dishwashing soap by up to 70 percent, while you can reduce your laundry detergent by as much as 50 percent without compromising your cleaning performance. You will also won’t need to buy “rinse agents” to create spot free glasses and dishes. You should notice that you also need less soap and shampoo to create more lather when bathing. In addition to these smaller savings, installing a water softener should also reduce your energy bills. Since the minerals from hard water will be removed before they can accumulate inside your appliances, your appliances won’t be forced to work as hard and thereby use less energy.
The Longer Term Savings
While you may appreciate the immediate savings, your new water softener will also provide some longer term savings. Not only will clothing last longer and maintain their color when washing with soft water, but your water using appliances will have their lifespan greatly extended.
For example, you can recoup the cost of your new water softener simply with the savings associated with a greater lifespan of your water heater. Research has shown that an average tankless water heater can entirely fail after just 1.6 years of use with hard water, as the mineral buildup and scale accumulates. This is approximately a tenth of the typical lifespan of a typical water heater.
In a Battelle Institute study, researchers found that when a gas water heater is operated with soft water, it can maintain efficiency over a full 15 year lifespan. This means that not only will your appliance last longer, but it will continue to offer the best possible efficiency. Since a gas water heater has the second highest energy consumption in most households, a drop in efficiency of even 25 percent due to hard water can result in significantly higher costs.
How Much Can You Save?
The precise savings that can be generated by a new water softener will depend on a number of factors including the type of equipment you purchase, the capacity needed for your household and the characteristics of your water. Even if you don’t have very hard water, installing a new water softener will still provide many benefits throughout your home that will pay for itself sooner than you realize.
If you’re still unsure whether a water softener is the right choice for your home, be sure to speak to a water treatment professional. A fully WQA certified technician can not only test your water hardness levels and the levels of any other contaminants in your supply, but also guide you through the treatment options that are most appropriate to your needs.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.