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Can Soft Water Save You Money?

Overview

Published: 06/18/2012

by William Roebuck

These minerals reduce the effectiveness of soap and cause scale buildup in pipes and appliances.
The term hard water actually refers to how much harder it is to clean with water that has a higher concentration of miner-
als. A water softener removes calcium and magnesium, thereby softening the water.
Compared to hard water, soft water cleans better, saving you time and money. Soft water rinses better, reducing the amount of spotting on dishes and glassware. Detergents don’t have to work as hard, so less is required for washing.
Soft water also makes laundry brighter and clothes last up to 15 per cent longer (according to a University of Purdue
study). Major appliance manufacturers recommend soft water for optimum performance of their products. There is less scale buildup in pipes carrying soft water, allowing for better water flow and lower energy consumption. The cost savings can really add up when you have a water softener. The most important benefit is how soft water feels. Hard water can dry skin and
hair when minerals combine with soap to form a sticky residue that’s difficult to rinse away. With soft water, this film
doesn’t form so hair and skin feel cleaner and are healthier looking.


Here’s what to look for in a softener:
 Get the right capacity. Make sure you have the size to match your family’s needs.
 Look for a “smart” unit with electronics to monitor usage patterns and anticipate your water needs.
 Get the latest in efficiency. Upflow regeneration saves money and is easier on the environment. There are even softeners on the market that remove chlorine.  Look for quality construction and don’t forget to compare warrantees.
 Finally, buy from a company that has the expertise to help you select the product that’s right for you. Make sure it provides complete in-home installation and service, stands behind its products and has payment plans that are convenient for you.

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