Are Water Softeners Worth It?

on January 28, 2019

Water softening is an important treatment method for residences and businesses that have hard water. Hard water causes a build-up of calcium carbonate on things like boilers and industrial equipment, as well as household appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. This build-up can cause a host of problems, some that are obvious and some that are not-so-obvious, but all that can be costly for your home or business in the long-run.

Here are just three ways in which your investment in a water softener pays you back: 

  1. Reduced Energy Expenses — Heating and cooling is a significant expense for every home and office. Water heaters account for an average of 18 percent of home utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. U.S. office buildings spend nearly 29 percent of their operating expenditures on utilities.

    Hard water is a massive drain on the energy efficiency of both residential and commercial heating and cooling systems because the scale build-up reduces the ability to heat surrounding water, causing it to use more energy. By installing a water softening system, it’s estimated you could save anywhere from 5 to 25 percent on your energy costs, according to a study funded by the Water Quality Research Foundation.

 

  1. Reduced Maintenance Costs — Hot water heaters, boilers, and plumbing equipment must be maintained to keep your home or office running at peak performance. We’re talking about everything from pipes and water heaters to coffee makers and industrial equipment. If the scale from hard water isn’t cleaned out, not only does energy efficiency decline but eventually, pipes can become clogged entirely rendering the equipment useless. A water softener can help save you from the high costs of repairing or replacing these items.

 

  1. A More Professional Presentation — If you’re running a business such as a restaurant or a hotel, the presentation is critical. Hard water is known to leave a cloudy, white residue on glasses and silverware and cause linens to look dingy and yellowish. That’s just not acceptable when customer service is the name of the game, and you only get one chance to make an excellent first impression. A water softener will not only extend the life of your dishwasher and laundry machine, but it may save your business from an embarrassing and costly negative online review.

 

If you’ve been thinking about installing a water softener in your home or business, give us a call. With leases as low as $27 per month, we can help you choose a system that will provide you with the most bang for your buck.

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