The cost benefits of softened water
Just one of the benefits of installing a water softener in your home is its ability to greatly reduce a whole range of domestic costs – from day-to-day basic living to the maintenance of boilers and plumbing systems.
Softened water lacks excess mineral content so, unlike hard water, it is much better for washing and cleaning your clothes as it produces a much better lather. The affect of soap scum in hard water means cleaning requires more effort and higher quantities of products are needed for an effective clean. This leads to more use of soap, shampoo, washing up liquid, powder and fabric softeners.
Heating your home
The cost of heating is already on the increase, with heating bills rising by around 9% year-on-year. Hard water can lead to limescale deposits within the piping of your heating system and a small limescale build up of 1.6mm will result in a 12% loss in heating efficiency. In some gas boilers hard water damage can cost a 48% loss in efficiency. Since water treated by a softening device has the magnesium/calcium content removed from it, you don’t have to worry about deficiencies in heating. In fact, in the long term, softened water will actually remove hard water deposits completely!
As with the common theme; softened water leads to a more effective cleaning process. This is true for cleansing your skin, especially if you suffer from a skin complaint such as eczema. Softened water leaves fewer mineral deposits on skin, which in turn can lead to less direct skin irritation. Also, clothing washed in softened water feels softer due to the lack of scale and scum deposits, which further minimises irritation of the skin. As a result, this reduces the need to purchase medical treatments commonly used to remedy these skin problems.
Longer Appliance Lifespan
The major hallmark of hard water is easily spotted – a white substance buildup on shower heads, taps, kettles and sink basins. It is less visible in the buildup of your boiler and interior piping. Build up of limescale damages your appliances and will lead to a more significant maintenance cost, while inevitably reducing the lifespan of your appliances. Since soft water’s composition is free of such impurities, the lifespan of your appliances will be extended greatly – some sources suggest that softened water can add three years to the average washing machine’s lifespan. The lifespan of a typical boiler is usually marked around 15 years. However, most boilers don’t make it to this age due to a variety of reasons, one being the buildup of deposits from hard water. Running on soft water, however, boilers will have an extended lifespan.
Based on our research, we estimate that the average family of four can stand to make a saving of at least £400 a year. You can view the full breakdown of the financial savings here. Just think what you could buy with the money instead!