The Price of Hard Water
Hard water costs you more than you may imagine. Any amount of scale in your heating system can seriously reduce the overall efficiency, as demonstrated in the diagram and figures above, and backed up by published research papers.
There’s a good deal of scientific study in this area. This document from the UKWTA is an excellent overview.
Independent studies have also been undertaken to quantify greenhouse gas reduction through the use of a water softener. One such article concludes that water softeners and RO units together will reduce greenhouse gases equivalent to getting one and a third cars off the road for an entire year!
We also have studies showing just how the efficiency of a boiler will drop with just a small amount of scale build up. A water softener will remove all scale from your heating system and prevent any future recurrence, allowing your system to function as it was designed to do.
The Increase in Fuel Costs
|Thickness of scale||% Increase in Fuel|
|1/16″ to 1/8″||= 15%|
|1/8″ to 3/16″||= 25%|
|3/16″ to 1/4″||= 39%|
|1/4″ to 3/8″||= 55%|
|3/8″ to 1/2″||= 70%|