A lot of homes rely on hard water supply for their water needs. This can cause problems especially when the water is used for cleaning and in appliances. A water softener turns hard water into soft water by removing minerals that cause water hardness. These minerals cause a variety of problems including:
- Clogging pipes
- Reduced effectiveness of soaps and detergents while cleaning
- Causing scale buildup reducing efficiency of water heaters
- Staining of surfaces and fabrics
Listed below are some benefits of installing a water softener:
Makes Cleaning Easier
A water softener makes cleaning easier in several ways. Using soft water for cleaning increases the effectiveness of detergents and soaps. It also ensures clothes and dishes are rinsed thoroughly, which helps get rid of streaks, spots and soapy residue. Since it results in less soap scum, sinks, bathtubs and showers are easier to clean and stay clean longer. Bathing with soft water leaves one feeling more refreshed and the skin and hair being more healthy and luxurious.
More Effective Water Heating
Water heaters heat soft water more effectively and faster compared to hard water. The efficiency of the heaters is also higher since there is less buildup of scale in the heater’s piping. Installing a water softener results in increased efficiency which lowers utility bills. It also results in less corrosion and clogging of the heater extending its lifespan and requiring less maintenance and repair by a professional water softener repair technician.
Longer Lifespans for Appliances
Hard water causes buildup in the appliances which shortens their lifespans and reduces their efficiency. A water softener increases the lifespan of several home appliance such as water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, ice makers and other appliances that use water.
A water softener reduces overall energy consumption in a home and the need to replace appliances and repair them. It also greatly reduces the emission of greenhouse gases. This serves to conserve the environment due to lower pollution and resource and energy consumption.