Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s economical to use a water softener. It consumes less than $3 in electricity annually.2
A water softener only needs about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning take less time, help your appliances work longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow smoothly in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral sediment to accumulate in your pipes and fixtures. This can lead to 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 preserves the shine and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were added.
Soft water is low in minerals. It doesn’t cause deposits in pipes or constrict water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to build up in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water make limescale when they become warm. This can coat the heating elements in your appliances, reducing life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need repeated fixes or need to be swapped out ahead of time.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water preserves the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters running on soft water hold on to the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can reduce efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you use an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can pile 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 cause painful razor burn.
Soft water is better at washing away soap residue, so you’ll have smoother skin and glossier hair. Plus, your clothes will look brighter and your dishes will have fewer spots.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use more soap for a satisfactory lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This forms a scum on tubs.
With soft water, you won’t need to use as much time cleaning to remove soap scum. You’ll also use less cleaning supplies.