As modern technology and interior home refurbishment improves year on year, so do our tastes for the finer things in life – and updating your water supply to make your home more economical and efficient is becoming a major trend in the modern housing market. While many homes in much of the northern and western parts of the British Isles source soft water directly, places in the south-east (especially across England) are much more prone to receiving hard water instead – and this can be a problem. Not only does hard water corrode and damage pipe work and the internal working of most household appliances, but users also often complain of a hard, bitter taste that doesn’t go down as well. But if you’re stuck in a hard water region (you can look up your natural water supply online using a handy UK Water Map Guide), what can you do about it?
Well, most home-owners are looking at installing water softeners in their home, to filter out the impurities that make hard water so damaging and unappealing in modern properties. These filters can be fitted by fully trained plumbers or contractors in just a day or so, and are attached directly to or within your existing boiler or hot water tank – it really is that easy! But what are the long-term advantages of paying out for a water softener? And how beneficial is it on a day-to-day basis? Well to give you a quick overview, we’ve listed six of the top reasons why water softeners might prove to be an attractive investment for your home.
Benefits of Water Softeners
1. As it’s already been briefly mentioned, water softeners will prevent the build-up of scum and lime scale in your appliances that’s usually caused by hard water, reducing the risk of internal damage and saving you the time and money on constantly replacing or repairing broken machinery.
2. Similarly, because there is a lack of scum and residue caused by the retaining properties of hard water, a water softener makes day-to-day cleaning easier – alleviating the need for tough scrubbing around sinks and taps, reducing your workload around the house and giving you a bit of extra time to yourself.
3. Because water softeners prevent the build-up of scum, you will also find that you will start saving money on heating bills too; with an improved water-flow your boiler uses less energy to send heat around the home, making it more energy efficient for longer.
4. Most soft water users will also attest that such water is much more comforting and friendly to your skin too; making washing, shaving and hair care much more cleansing and satisfying – which is even better if you suffer from a sensitive skin condition such as eczema.
5. Because your boiler is using less energy, water softeners are also a green home improvement option. You will also spend less on irritating chemical cleaning agents that, when washed down the sink, go straight into natural water sources such as streams and rivers – once more making water softeners an environmentally friendly investment.
6. Finally – and this might be the persuading argument – most users will confirm that soft water simply has a nicer taste than hard water, especially for cold and diluted drinks that come straight from the tap.
The last advantage may sound like a silly reason if you don’t know any better, but get anyone who knows the difference to do a blind taste test and you’ll see how much they are averse to the taste of hard water. Plus if hard water causes all that unsightly scum and lime scale, how much do you really want to be consuming it on a daily basis? That’s why water softeners are becoming more and more popular across the UK.