If you live in a hard water area then you have probably already considered the benefits of a water softener installation. For many people, the inconvenience of hard water in their homes can make daily life a chore. Washing and cleaning can become difficult and the effort required to achieve any satisfactory results can become demoralising. Specific problems caused by the presence of hard water minerals include:
- Scum marks left on glasses and dishes after washing
- Limescale in your kettle
- Issues with eczema
- Dull hair after washing
- Chalky marks left in kitchens and bathrooms
All of the above can make life more difficult but did you realise that living in a hard water area will also be costing you money?
The same chemicals, calcium and magnesium, that cause problems with white marks and furry kettles can also have an impact on how much your household is spending each month. The good news however is that a water softener installation can save you money, giving you some extra cash to spend on things you really want. We take a look at four financial benefits of a water softener installation.
Improved Appliance Lifespan
Appliances are a household necessity and cost a fair amount of money to buy, so it makes sense to look after them and make them last as long as possible. One thing that can, over time, damage any water-reliant appliances such as boilers and washing machines, is the build up of scale inside the pipes. This scale is the same limescale that can fur your kettle and leave nasty marks around your bath.
These build-ups can be irritating enough when they are accessible for cleaning but, left inside the internal workings of your appliances, they can cause permanent damage. If you want to avoid costly appliance repairs or even replacement, a water softener installation will ensure that no hard water gets near to your appliances to damage them.
Reduced Energy Bills
The same hard water scale that can damage your appliances can also make them more expensive to run. As scale builds up in pipes all around your plumbing and appliance systems, the amount of water that can flow through them is reduced. This in turn reduces appliance efficiency and can lead to increased water heating times and costs. Energy bills in hard water homes are also increased by the need for more cleaning and bathing products to achieve a desired effect.
For example, a dishwashing detergent will not foam as well in hard water as it does in soft water, and will require a higher water temperature to achieve satisfactory results. You may also be pleased to hear that, as well as making your bank balance happier, reducing your energy bills in this way will help to lessen your carbon footprint and benefit the environment.
We all know that it is possible to save money on clothes washing by switching to a shorter cycle or lower temperature setting but, if you want really clean clothes, this isn’t always possible if you live in a hard water area such as East Anglia. Soft water can require around 50% less washing detergent than hard water and can make a huge difference to cleaning results.
Following water softener installation, not only will you experience cleaner clothes for less outlay, you will also find your need for fabric softener reduced. This is because the minerals in hard water that leave your clothes feeling stiff and uncomfortable, will be removed from your water system. Another benefit of water that has been improved by the installation of a water softener is that your clothes will retain their colour for longer, meaning that you won’t need to replace them so often.
Fewer Cleaning Products
If you have hard water in your home, you will almost certainly have noticed your cleaning and bathing products working less efficiently than you would like them to. Most people combat this by using more of each product, meaning that their outlay on shower gels, shampoos, kitchen cleaner, glass cleaner etc. will add up considerably over time.
One of the first benefits of a water softener installation that you notice will probably be more pleasant washing experiences, it won’t take long after that for you to also notice that you are putting less products in your shopping trolley and leaving the supermarket with a reduced bill.
Living in a hard water area such as East Anglia can be difficult at times but the great news is that modern science and engineering mean that a water softener installation in your home can be discreet and show immediate positive results. You don’t need to put up with the inconvenience, and it doesn’t make sense to put up with the financial burden, of hard water.
Water softener installation is much easier than you think and our expert team would be delighted to answer your questions. We offer competitive pricing on a range of water filters, taps and water softeners including installation, service and repair. Please get in touch today to find out how we can help you.