7 Ways a Water Softener Saves You Money
If your household bills keep piling up, hard water could be a leading culprit. A Water Softener will help relieve your home of hard water while saving you money.
Hard water refers to the amount of calcium and magnesium in the water. Causes of water hardness include sedimentary rocks and seepage and runoff from soils.
According to the City of Toronto, the average hardness of Toronto water is 124 milligrams per litre, in terms of calcium carbonate, based on the most recent Drinking Water Analysis conducted in 2011. This is equivalent to 8.7 grains per imperial gallon or 7.1 grains per US gallon. The water in Toronto is considered to be moderately hard.
A Water Softener works by removing excess amounts of calcium and magnesium in your home’s water, thus softening the water.
Hard water leads to a buildup of lime scale. Lime scale is mineral deposits that have a hard, chalky, off-white appearance. It is clearly visible in your taps, inside your coffee pot, tea kettle and espresso machine. In places such as the inner parts of pipes or water heaters, the lime scale is not visible.
Here are 7 ways in which a Water Softener will save you money:
1. Cleaning Materials
Lime scale can buildup in visible places such as taps, sinks, kitchen utensils and tiles. Lime scale in these visible places is unsightly and unsanitary. Extra cleaning materials have to be bought to remove lime scale. If your home has a Water Softener, you don’t have to spend money to clean up lime scale.
2. Less Soap Use
Traditionally, hard water is meant to measure the capacity of water to react with soap. Hard water wastes a considerable amount of soap as it needs more soap to produce a lather. If you have hard water in your home, doing laundry, washing dishes, bathing, or washing your hair requires more soap.
With a Water Softener, you can save money since you will be using less soap.
3. Preserving the Quality of Your Clothes and Bedsheets
Hard water can make your clothes and bedsheets look faded even though they’re new. With a Water Softener, the quality of your clothes and bedsheets can be preserved, preventing you from buying new clothes or bedsheets.
4. Preventing Damage to Glassware
Getting rid of hard water stains can easily damage your glassware. Water Softeners eliminate these hard water stains in your glassware.
5. Saving Energy
If the water in your home is hard, most likely lime scale will buildup in your home appliances that one way or another boil water.
According to Carbon Trust, a 1mm layer of lime scale causes a 7% increase in energy input to a boiler. The British Water, meanwhile, estimated that every 1.6mm of lime scale in a heating system causes a 12% loss in heating efficiency. In water heaters, lime scale creates an insulating layer which inhibits the transfer of heat to the water.
Lime scale can diminish the effectiveness of these household appliances and also decrease the efficiency that they work at. The harder these appliances need to work, the more energy they’ll use and the higher your bills will be – installing a Water Softener in your home will prevent this.
6. Increasing the Lifespan of Home Appliances
Energy wastage, as a result of lime scale, is only one part of the equation. Lime scale can also shorten the lifespan of your home appliances. For instance, too much lime scale in your coffee maker can prematurely shorten the lifespan of this machine resulting in purchasing a new one. Consider the procurement of raw materials to produce a new coffee maker and the logistics to produce a new one. Your carbon footprint will just rise.
Water Softeners save you money by preventing lime scale buildup in your home appliances and in return increasing the lifespan of your appliances.
7. Preventing Water Leakage
Lime scale has negative effects in your water pipes. As lime scale starts to build up inside pipes, your water pressure starts to decrease. The buildup of lime scale typically happens around the threaded pipe joints, resulting in water leakage.
Water leakage also happens when lime scale starts to build up around the valves of your dishwasher or washing machine, leading to the failure of valves to close, which results in water leakage as well.
Water leakage can result in a number of negative effects. When your drywall starts to absorb water from leaks, your drywall starts to change its form and swell. This wall distortion can drive down the value of your home.
Water leakage can also result in the growth of molds inside your home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), different people have different reactions to molds.
“Some people, such as those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions,” the CDC said. “Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. People with a weakened immune system, such as people receiving treatment for cancer, people who have had an organ or stem cell transplant, and people taking medicines that suppress the immune system, are more likely to get mold infections.”
Mold removal and changing your drywall is expensive. A Water Softener prevents water leakage by stopping the buildup of lime scale inside water pipes and around the valves of your dishwasher or washing machine.
Contact us now to start saving your money today with no upfront investment!