I work for a company that uses water softeners in various locations and everyone who uses this water raves about the benefits. This has made me curious, why would you want to soften your water? Are there any benefits and is it worth the hassle of installing a system.
If you are like me and don’t know what the process of water softening is, what soft water is and what the benefits are then this guide is for you.
Most water have this process in common. The water softeners on the market use on an “ion exchange” system. This means hardness ions (calcium and magnesium) are exchanged for sodium () or potassium (salt) ions. This takes place within the resin tank of the water softener. The principal of this process never changes. So whatever softening system you are considering buying this will always use the same process.
What is Soft water?
Water softening is the removal of calcium, magnesium, and certain other metal cations in hard water. Water softening is usually achieved using lime softening or ion-exchange resins. The resulting soft water extends the lifetime of plumbing and more compatible with the usual soaps/detergents that are used in this process.
The benefits of water softening
- It can save you time, money and water
Independent research on the benefits of a water softening has shown that the most water softeners will pay for themselves in around 7 to 8 months.
Due to the nature of the water softening products out there, they can last a lifetime. so it is money well spent. A lifetime of softened water will help you save time, save water and save money, it can be as much as £500 (on average) annually on detergents, heating and appliances by using water softeners.
- It can help to Protect your Skin
Recent research has proven that hard water irritates soft, sensitive skin. I am in this category. Part from working for a company that uses water softeners through its location. My sensitive skin is one of the reasons I have been looking to buy a water softener. Soft water can be particularly beneficial for children and adults with dry skin and skin-sensitive allergies.
- Sparkling Floors throughout your home
When water softeners convert hard water into soft water, dirt and grime washes away easily. Water softening can reduce household cleaning time by over 50 percent, getting you soft water and sparkling clean bathrooms and floors. Because of the pure nature of soft water, it is less likely to leave streaks and marks around your hope if you clean with it.
There are many models on the market commercial/industrial and for the home. You can install unitsuse tablets or buy jugs that will soften water. So the one you choose will be very personal to you and your intended use.
Costs vary, so shop around at www.watersoftenersnow.org for instance. You can get water softeners for around $10 or $10,000+, the value for money you will receive will be relative to the frequency of use and your intended planned for your particular water softener.
Water softeners extend the life of your machinery ie: washing machines as the internal parts don’t become calcified or clogged and it can have real (and proven) benefits for your skin.