Installing a water softener in your home and having soft water has many benefits which can affect your health, finance and the environment. If you’ve ever experienced tight skin after washing up, seen that scum floating on the top of your tea, or been shocked by the limescale build up in your kettle, you could benefit from a water softener installation.
Softened water has all the benefits of naturally soft water, including:
- Smoother skin
- Helps relieve the symptoms of skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis
- Silkier hair
- Clothes feel softer and look brighter
- Prevents limescale (Limescale free kettles, taps, shower heads, pipes, boilers etc.)
- Use less soap, shampoo and other cleaning products, reducing costs
- Improves heating efficiency of your hot water system
As with any change within your household, there are some immediate benefits and others that become apparent after some time. Once you install a water softener, you can feel the benefits straight away when washing or bathing – the water genuinely feels softer and soap/shampoo lathers up a lot more resulting in less product needing to be used. Softened water also rinses away easily so your skin will feel clean and glasses will sparkle since soft water does not leave white residue once it dries.
You may also notice a difference in the taste of food or drinks; hard water often has a metallic or mineral aftertaste and inhibits the taste of food when boiled. Once you install your water softener, you will be able to enjoy the true taste of your tea, coffee, and vegetables every day.
Long Term Benefits
Soft water will also gradually wash away the build up left from hard water and ensure that your water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and showers last longer. In time, your water softener will remove the scale within your heating systems, which will make them run more efficiently and reduce the maintenance requirements.
You will even save money on day to day household items, since softened water reduces the amount of washing powder, soap, shampoos and conditioner that you need to use each time that you wash. Some studies have shown that houses with water softeners can reduce these expenses by 50%.
Installing a water softener can reduce your spending on:
- Cleaning products (ie. washing up liquid, softener)
- Descaling products
- Boiler maintenance
- Kettles, irons, and other water-reliant appliances
Health Benefits of Soft Water
Soft water can even improve dry skin conditions, such as eczema, and reduce dependency on steroids and creams to treat the condition. A 3-month study showed that, after installing a water softeners, 83% of respondents said it reduced the severity of their eczema, 91% reported less itchiness, and 83% used less washing powder and detergent (which can be an irritant or trigger for eczema). At the end of the study, over 60% of the participants chose to purchase a water softener for their homes.
No more excessive cleaning, dry skin, endless amounts of cleaning products and horrible water marks on you shower screens. Just soft skin, glistening household appliances and more money in your pocket!