Learn How Water Softener Systems Can Save You Money
How can you save money, spend less time cleaning, have healthier skin and hair, and use less electricity all at the same time? The answer is simpler than most people realize – a water softener system. A water softener system is a small investment that can save you thousands in dollars, time, and energy.
Hard water has high levels of dissolved minerals and salts, particularly calcium and magnesium. This takes a real toll around your house and on your skin and hair. The most obvious impacts of hard water are scaly residue around faucets, spots on glasses, and dry skin and hair.
A water softener system turns hard water into soft water by replacing the calcium and magnesium with sodium through the process of ion exchange. The benefits of soft water can been seen throughout the house. Let’s take a look at the specific ways a water softener system can start saving you money.
Save on appliances
The scaly buildup created by hard water causes appliances to wear out more quickly. You can actually see the evidence of the residue around sinks and drains. This results in more frequent repairs and replacement of your appliances, including water heaters, dishwashers, faucets and showerheads. We all know that replacing an appliance has a hefty price tag, and the cost and hassle of repairs isn’t cheap either. With a water softener system, you will increase the longevity and effectiveness of your household appliances.
Save on soaps and detergents
Soaps and detergents do not work as effectively with hard water. Have you ever had a hard time getting your soap to lather? Whether you are doing dishes, washing clothes or taking a shower, you need to use more soap with hard water to get a decent lather.
Soft water means more effective cleaning and less detergent needed (some estimate up to half the amount of detergent is needed!). Clothes also dull and wear out easier when washed in hard water. Soft water lengthens the lifespan of your clothes and lowers spending on detergent.
While your dishes and clothes show the effects of hard water, so does your skin. Scaly, itchy skin and dull hair are also byproducts of hard water, which can lead to spending more money on moisturizers and conditioners. Showering with soft water can save money on the products you use for skin and hair care.
Save on your energy bill
On average, 25% of your electric bill goes to run your water heater. While a high efficiency model is a great investment, it only works right if you are filling it with the right water. Hard water causes scaling, which in turn reduces the efficiency of the water heater. You use more hot water to push through build up, meaning higher energy bills to heat water.
This buildup from the hard water also causes slower flow. With reduced flow, activities that require hot water, like showering and washing dishes, take longer. The longer the hot water is running, the more your water heater is working, adding minutes to your energy bill every time you need hot water.
Soft water moves through pipes without buildup at a much more efficient rate. This, in turn, reduces the time it takes to complete those hot water activities, in the end saving the energy it takes to heat the water.
Increased home value
Potential buyers appreciate a good water system, making the house that much more move-in ready. When your home has a water softener system, potential buyers know they do not need to worry about the scaly build up, the condition of the appliances, or a future purchase to install one themselves. A water softener system can set your home apart and increase the value of your home.
Options for Water Softener Systems
The High Efficiency 1.25 is designed for household use. For large households and small businesses, the HE Twin and HE Progressive is a dual tank water softener to meet high demand and offers a limitless supply of soft water.
Free Water Test
Wondering how much extra money you may be spending every month due to hard water? Use this savings calculator for an estimate. And, of course, time is money. So your extra efforts in washing clothes and dishes have a cost, too.
In southeast Idaho, the water is generally considered hard. To find out the specific makeup of your water, call for a free water test. By learning and addressing the issues with your specific water, you can save in cleaning detergents, electricity, and the repair and replacement of your appliances.