These effects are caused by hard water, and can be easily rectified by a water softener. Let’s take a look at five key ways a water softener can improve your home:
1. Easier Cleaning
It can take around twice as long to clean the bathroom of a house with hard water vs. a house with soft water.
Anyone currently living in a hard water area knows how time consuming it is to constantly clean and re-clean bathrooms, kitchens, dishes, and laundry. Those in very hard water areas may spend hours each week scrubbing lime, chalk, and soap scum off showers, faucets, and sinks.
Water softeners vastly reduce the amount of effort needed to spotlessly clean your house, your dishes, and your clothes.
2. Protect Your Pipes and Appliances
Hard minerals (calcium and magnesium) build up inside pipes and appliances, causing inefficiency and, eventually, serious damage.
With a water softener installed, mineral build up is a thing of the past - and the soft water flushes away any existing blockages.
Not only does this result in cleaner dishes from your dishwasher and more luxurious feeling fabrics from your washing machine - it also saves you money by vastly reducing the likelihood of any appliance breakdowns.
3. Save Money
As mentioned above, water softeners can save users hundreds of pounds on appliance repair and maintenance - yet they can also make households more efficient, resulting in further savings on day-to-day tasks.
For example, households with water softeners use up to 50% less soap than households with hard water. This is because soap foams up much better in soft water, creating a greater lather with less soap.
What’s more, a water softener can lower gas and electricity bills by preventing pipe damage. As scale from hard water builds inside a pipe, it reduces the space for water to pass through. As a result, the water pressure must increase for enough water to pass through the pipe.
Pipe build up means your heating system cannot efficiently transfer heat, forcing it to run at a higher temperature to compensate. This can result in unnecessarily high bills, and can be easily negated with a water softener.
4. Better Tasting Water
One of the most overlooked benefits of a water softener is how it affects the taste of your drinking water.
Much like bottled water, soft water tastes better due to the removal of any minerals, which give hard water a distinctive taste.
This is especially good for those who regularly drink bottled water, or those who don’t like the taste of regular tap water. If you are someone who regularly buys bottled water, a water softener won’t just save you money - it’ll also help the environment, too.
5. Skincare & Haircare
Eczema, dry skin, a dry scalp, and other skin conditions are all alleviated by hard water. Even those who don’t suffer from any diagnosed skin condition may find their scalp feels dry or tight after washing their hair with hard water.
Research shows that soft water is far better to wash with. For starters, soft water requires far less soap - meaning less irritants for those with eczema. Shampoos and conditioners will lather up easily when it comes to hair washing, resulting in soft, shiny, frizz-free hair - and no more dry or flaky skin.