Have you ever experienced hard water? I sure have. Unfortunately, I didn’t know I had hard water until my white clothes came out of the wash with a dingy yellow look to them. As the weeks went on, I also noticed that this hard water was making my shower impossible to clean (it was slowly turning orange) and my dishes were coming out of the dishwasher with spots! It was not a great experience to say the least.
While having hard water can be a nuisance, it can also be hard (pun somewhat intended) on your wallet! Did you know that hard water impacts the efficiency of your water heater? It’s true! Because of the added metallic minerals, the water takes longer to heat. You may think that the difference would be minimal, but actually, the hard water takes almost 30% more energy to heat! If your water heater costs $500 in energy per year, you could be wasting $150 each year because of that hard water.
What is Hard Water Anyway?
First of all, if you live in the city, you most likely don’t need to worry about hard water, but if you’re a country dweller, you may very well be battling hard water in your household. Simply put, there is an excess of calcium and magnesium ions, present as sulfates and carbonates, that cause your water to be hard. While this isn’t necessarily dangerous, it does create nuisances and costs you more money than is necessary.
So How Can You Solve Your Hard Water Problem?
So how can you fix this problem of hard water? Is there anything you can do? Yes, there certainly is. With the help of water softening systems you can correct the issues with your water.
So what does this softener actually do? It promotes ion exchange. In the ion exchange process, water moves through a bed of softening material, which attracts and removes the unwanted materials.
Other Benefits of Your Softened Water
If saving money and energy aren’t enough for you (but since when isn’t that enough?!), there are other reasons to invest in a water softening system.
- Removal of scale buildup
- Reduction in the use of cleaning products
- Increased performance of your appliances
- Better for your skin and hair
- Reduces cleaning time
- Makes for a cleaner shave
- Superior for drink making
These are some great reasons for getting rid of that hard water, but what if we took it one step further to increase the dramatic importance of your softened water? For me, I always think about the phrase, “time is money” and it’s absolutely true. If I have to spend an extra hour cleaning my shower and appliances because of hard water, that means that I’m losing an hour’s worth of income since I could have been doing something much more productive! So what’s your time worth and how much of it are you wasting? Don’t just think about the wage you make while working your full-time job either. How valuable is your time with your family? Can you even put a price on that? Save as much time as you can in life. If this water softener will do that for you, then I say it’s worth it.
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