If you live outside the city limits and rely on a well and a pump to provide your household water, you may be wondering whether it makes sense to invest in a water softener. While this unit offers a number of advantages for those using mineral-laden well water, even those people who use the municipal water supply can benefit from installing a water softener.
Benefits of investing in a water softener
1. Fewer spots on your dishes and glassware. When you have a water softener, you'll end up with fewer spots and drip lines on your dishes when they come out of the dishwasher. You'll likely not need to polish them and can put them right away in the cupboards.
2. Kinder to your skin and hair. A water softener also helps to keep your skin and hair softer because there are fewer harsh minerals and sediment in your water. Soft water also produces a richer lather than hard water when you bathe and wash your hair, so you'll use less product and save money on toiletries.
3. Longer lifespan for your appliances. Fewer minerals in the water also means that they won't get clogged in your coffeemaker, dishwasher, washing machine and/or icemaker, helping to extend the lifespan of these appliances.
4. Softer clothes. It's not just your face, hands, and hair that will feel softer when you install a water softener. Your laundry will also feel softer, everything from your sheets to your tee shirts.
5. Water heats more quickly. Just another benefit that comes with a water softener is that your water will heat up more quickly, between 22 and 29 percent more quickly, depending on whether you have an electric or gas water heater. That means fewer cold showers in the morning if you have a large household.
6. Cleaner looking fixtures. The minerals in "hard" water can also discolor your sinks, bathtubs, toilets, and other fixtures that come into contact with water. No amount of scrubbing can completely erase those brownish, unattractive rings. With a water softener, there are fewer minerals and, thus, no discoloration.
While a water softener isn't necessarily the right choice for every homeowner, investing in one will help keep your tableware cleaner, be gentler on your skin and hair, help you save money on toiletries, cause your water to heat more quickly, and even extend the life of your coffeemaker and dishwasher. Contact a company like Lewis Plumbing to learn more.
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