The benefits of softened water are many and varied. They include removing limescale, getting rid of soap scum, making cleaning easier, and many more.
By removing the existing scale within your heating system and preventing it re-occurring, water softeners reduce the amount of fuel used to heat the hot water. Tests carried out at a Government recognised laboratory confirmed that the steady state improvement was 5.6%.
To put that in perspective, if you have fitted a condensing boiler with a Sedbuck (energy efficiency) rating of ‘A’, the reduction in efficiency would bring it back down to a ‘C’ rating, which is below the Government Guidelines. Therefore, since April 2007, the building regulations require that water for the heating system must be treated to reduce scaling. A water softener is the ideal appliance to do this.
In a soft water household, you don’t have limescale marks to clean, you don’t have soap scum marks, and you can use a lot less cleaning products. This saves you a lot of money, and also helps to make your home more friendly to the environment.
A water softener will remove all existing scale from within the household appliances, pipe work and on surfaces such as showers and baths. You won’t need to replace them as soon as you would if you had hard water. A water softener will also prevent the scale from re-occurring.
First it starts spraying water in all directions. Then, one by one, the nozzles block up, and your shower is reduced to a trickle. With soft water, your shower rose will work at full efficiency all the time and never block up. Your sink will stay clean, your taps shiny and the removal of scale will keep your boiler and heating system working at peak efficiency.
A water softener will remove the presence of scum when washing. Many people now use liquid hand soaps to avoid the effect of scum but they are more expensive and much less kind to the skin. By using softened water and natural soaps you get a much cleaner and kinder washing experience. You also get bubbles in the bath from soap rather than having to add chemically derived bubble bath.
Many sufferers of eczema, psoriasis and other problems such as dry skin say that soft water greatly improves their conditions, if it doesn’t eradicate them altogether.
A water softener will greatly reduce the amount of housework needed to keep your home clean. In particular the shower cubicle will stay clean for weeks on end with only the occasional polish needed for when guests come to visit or you are feeling bored with the television and want to do something useful.
Your bath, wash basin and toilet bowl stay clean. Your kitchen and utility sink stays clean and you never get the spot marks that you do with hard water.
Plus, having an outside tap on softened water for washing the car makes it a quick, easy and pleasurable experience as you don’t have to leather it off afterwards.
Installing a water softener will save you money, and lots more than most people ever think of. The most immediately noticeable is in the reduction of washing powder used for the family clothes washing.
You also save considerable amounts of money on all the other cleaning products used such as surface cleaners, shower cleaners, scale removers, floor cleaners, etc. etc. For a full list of these products go to this page money savings on cleaning products.
Less noticeable, but nevertheless substantial are the savings you make by removing the scale from your hot water heating system. A typical family of 4 spending £250 a year heating the hot water will save around £20 to £30 per year.
Extending the life of your capital equipment by just a few years is substantial. Your boiler and heating system, plumbing, hot water cylinder, washing machine, dish washer, bath, shower with a replacement cost in excess of £10,000; extending the life by just 10% will bring an annual benefit of over £100.
Installing a water softener will also help save the environment. The excessive amounts of phosphates and chemicals used in our cleaning products mostly goes down the drain. By reducing this substantially you will help save our streams and rivers from the ravages of chemical degradation.
Soft water is highly regarded by some people for drinking purposes. For example, anyone who wants to make the perfect cup of tea quickly discovers that soft water is an essential ingredient.
In addition, there are many Scotsmen who come into England and complain bitterly of the hard water ruining their whisky. One of the first Harvey water softeners ever sold was to such a gentlemen who, on tasting softened water in his whisky, immediately bought a water softener so that he could continue to enjoy the benefits of pure Scottish whisky untainted by hard water.
Quality of Life
And finally, installing a water softener will improve the quality of your life. Most people buy their first water softener for reasons of the head. It makes economic sense, it is environmentally friendly, it is a sensible thing to do.
However, once people have lived with the benefits of a water softener and enjoyed the luxury of bathing, washing and showering in clean, scum free, water they find it difficult to put up with the hard, nasty, dry-skin-causing hard water.
So, buy a water softener. Nobody ever regrets it.