Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s inexpensive to run a water softener. It uses less than $3 in electricity year-round.2
A water softener only has to have about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning easier, help your appliances run longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow smoothly in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral coatings to build up in your pipes and fixtures. This can create clogs and decreased water pressure.
Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in less than 18 months. Soft water keeps the luster and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were put in.
Soft water is doesn’t have a lot of minerals. It doesn’t cause deposits in pipes or constrict water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to accumulate in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water form limescale when they get hot. This can cover the heating elements in your appliances, decreasing life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need repeated fixes or need to be replaced sooner.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water preserves the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters running on soft water keep the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can cut efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you own an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can build up in the tank from hard water. The scale is a poor heat conductor. It can shorten the life of your heating element, because it has to work more to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals build up on your skin and in your hair, making it dry out. It can also contribute to painful razor burn.
Soft water is more efficient at washing away soap residue, so you’ll have smoother skin and sleeker hair. Plus, your clothes will look less faded and your dishes will look cleaner.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use extra soap for a good lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This makes a scum on sinks.
With soft water, you won’t need to use as much time cleaning to get rid of soap scum. You’ll also use less soap.