Have you thought about installing a water softener but wanted to know more about them? Gathering as much information as you can about these appliances is wise because you will have to invest money in the initial purchase and in extra salt throughout use. But, by getting answers to those questions, you can feel more assured that your decision to purchase a water softener for your home is one of the best ones that you can make.
What Is a Water Softener?
Water softeners counter the effects of hard water minerals with either sodium chloride or potassium chloride. By treating water as it enters the house, water softeners remove dissolved minerals that could deposit inside pipes or appliances. If left to buildup in these parts of your plumbing, the hard water minerals could cause slow water flow, water heating issues, or clogs.
What’s So Bad About Hard Water?
If you have grown up using hard water, you may not notice the problems that it causes. In fact, many people around the country have naturally hard water. However, you will still have negative impacts from it whether you get used to them or not.
For instance, hard water requires more soap and detergent for cleaning. Plus, the minerals can still leave a film or spots behind on glass, no matter how much dish soap you use.
How Will a Water Softener Affect Life?
When you change to softened water, you may find that somethings seem different. First, your water may taste unusual. This happens because minerals give water its distinctive taste. However, rest assured that your water is safe to drink. Perhaps even safer than before because with our Oceanus water softener system, you get filtered water at all the taps and fixtures in your home, even your refrigerator water dispenser and bathroom sink.
Next, you may find that you will need less soap for cleaning. However, if you don’t adjust the amount of soap or detergent that you use, you may find that your dishes and your body have a soapy film left after washing. Cut down on your cleaning products by half and you will solve the issue.
What If You Have a Low-Salt Diet?
For anyone on a restricted diet, always consult with your doctor about using anything that could impact your health. For our water softening system, you have the option to use either sodium chloride of potassium chloride. If you are on a low-sodium diet, the latter may work better for you.
For those who only want to keep track of your salt intake but don’t have a specific restriction, note that a water softener will not contribute significately to sodium in your diet. In fact, the average water softener consumer takes in 5,000 mg of sodium a day – more than twice the recommended level of 2,000 mg daily. Of this amount, only 336 mg comes from the sodium in their home drinking water.
Will a Home Water Softener Work for You? Contact Us to Find Out
If you are still on the fence about getting a water softening system for your home, we can help. Contact us at Best Home Water Treatment Systems by calling 951.338.5878 or reaching out online.