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4 Ways Soft Water Saves You Money

Soft water can make your family’s life better in many ways.

Your water will taste better. You will enjoy a host of health benefits, including softer, shinier hair and healthier skin. Housework becomes a breeze too, when you no longer have to fight mineral built-up on everything.

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But did you know that softer water can also save you money? It’s true. In fact, for many families, the savings can really add up.

No. 1: Soft Water Extends the Life of Your Home Appliances

You’ve invested thousands of dollars in your home appliances but, every day, your home’s hard water is shortening their life.

The mineral scale builds up in the pipes and hoses of your dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator and water heater. This reduces the effectiveness of operation and overtaxes the mechanical components, as they labor to function as designed.

And most extended warranties will not cover repairs or replacements of those appliances that fail due to mineral scale buildup.

With a home softener system, you will spend less on repairs and replacements of your home appliances.

No. 2: Soft Water Cuts Down on Utility Use – and Cost

Much like your home appliances, mineral scale builds up inside your home’s plumbing system. Your water heater, especially, pays the price for this buildup.

When the pipes in and out of the H2O heater become restricted, the hot water cannot flow normally. Consequently, the heater must labor longer and harder – and use more water – to do its job.

And, if you’re like most families, you’re running your dishwasher and washing machine longer and more frequently, as you attempt to overcome the many detrimental effects of high minerality.

With a softener system, you will cut down on both power and water use – and the costs that go with them.

No. 3: Soft Water Saves Money on Cleaning and Personal Care Products

When you have hard water, soaps, shampoos and detergents simply do not work well. In fact, you may be using twice as much laundry detergent, dish soap and shampoo as you would if you install a salt-based softener system in your home.

And, because of hard water’s negative effects on the hair and skin, you’re likely using more lotion, conditioner and other personal care products to compensate.

Install a residential softener system and you’ll see your product use go way down.

No. 4: Soft Water Helps Your Clothes Last Longer

Every time you wash your clothes, hard water deposits harmful minerals in the fibers of the fabric. This turns light-colored clothes gray and dingy and leaves dark clothes looking gray.

Not only does this make your clothes look bad but it makes them wear out quicker. And because clothes never truly get clean, you’re likely washing them much more frequently than necessary – and using excess laundry detergent to do so.

Your clothes will last longer and look better when you treat them to a softener system.

NuWater Technologies provides high-quality home water softeners, filtration and heating systems to customers in Draper and throughout Northern Utah. If you’re unsure about the water quality in your home, we also offer professional testing. Contact us today to schedule your testing appointment, and to learn more about how you can save money with a home soft water system.

Should You Choose a Salt or Salt-Free Water Softener?

If you’re researching water softeners, you have probably discovered both salt-based and salt-free (or saltless) systems. And, if so, you may be heartily confused about which one is best for you.

Let’s take a look at how each type of softening system works and consider which might be better for your home.

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What Is a Salt-Free Water Softener?

The first thing you need to know about salt-free softening systems is that this technology does not technically soften water – because it does not remove the very minerals that create hardness.

Technically, a saltless system conditions or descales the water, which is very different than softening. Depending on the system, this is achieved by passing the water over a catalytic or magnetic medium, which binds the minerals together into crystals – leaving them in the water!

Salt-free softeners give you none of the health benefits or practical advantages that come from soft water. You will still have to use much more soap, shampoo and laundry detergent than you would with a salt-based system. You will still have gray, dingy clothes and milky spots on your glassware and shower doors.

The one benefit provided by a saltless softener is that, for some customers, it can reduce (not eliminate) the buildup of lime scale in your plumbing system.

What Is a Salt-Based Water Softener?

This time-tested technology has been around for more than a century – since 1903, in fact.

Salt-based softeners use the scientific process of ion exchange, during which calcium and magnesium ions are removed. This is achieved by passing the water through a negatively charged substance known as an ion exchange resin. The softened water then travels through your home’s plumbing system.

By removing these minerals, you reduce the pervasive mineral scale that clogs your pipes and shortens the life and reduces the efficacy of your dishwasher and washing machine.

Which Type of Water Softener Is Right for You?

Salt-based systems are not only more effective than salt-free softeners, but they are also more cost effective. And salt-based systems are adaptable to the level of hardness of your water. In other words, salt-based softeners can work for virtually any home.

Salt-free systems, on the other hand, do not work with every type of hard water. Depending on the nature of your water, a saltless system may not make any appreciable difference in your home’s quality at all.

Ultimately, the choice is up to you. However, for the excess cost and typically inferior outcome, saltless softeners do not deliver a good return on investment for most homeowners.

In Draper UT, NuWater Technologies offers a full range of home softening, filtration and heating systems. We also do professional water testing for residents of northern Utah. Contact us today to learn more about how a salt-based water softener can benefit you and your family.

The Top 5 Health Benefits of Soft Water

Good water is good for your health – and soft water is really good water!

Unfortunately, an overabundance of minerals can cause a variety of problems for your family. Hard water can irritate your skin, dull your hair and put your family at risk for developing a host of health problems.

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No. 1: Soft Water Is Good for Your Skin

Hard water interacts poorly with soap so, instead of a rich, dense lather, it produces an unpleasant film. That film can accumulate on the skin, causing a variety of aesthetic and health challenges.

And, the more soap you try to use to cut through the sticky film, the more problems you may have.

This sticky film can block pores, leading to breakouts. Your skin may become dry and feel sticky to the touch, and you may feel like you can never get your skin truly clean. Both children and adults with sensitive skin may develop eczema as a result.

When you add a softener system, your skin will feel and look radiant.

No. 2: Soft Water Is Good for Your Hair

When you have hard water, you never seem to have enough shampoo.

No matter what brand you use – or how much money you invest in hair products – you’ll never get that rich lather with hard water. Your hair never quite feels clean after a shower either.

Heavy minerality also dulls the hair and dries it out, causing scalp problems like dandruff.

With a softener system, you will enjoy shiny, vibrant hair and a healthy scalp all year long.

No. 3: Soft Water Is Good for Your Kidneys

The primary minerals responsible for hard water are carbonate and sulfate salts of calcium and magnesium. When you drink this from the tap, these minerals proliferate in the body.

Consequently, the regular consumption of hard water can lead an increase in urinary calcium and magnesium levels. This can, in turn, can lead to the formation urinary or kidney stones.

Softened water, on the other hand, does not contribute to the formation of kidney stones.

No. 4: Soft Water Makes Starting a Family Easier

Research indicates that hard water can potentially interfere with fertility.

Specifically, the minerals can disrupt the production of male reproductive hormones. Even more disturbing, an excess of dietary calcium – as found in hard water – can reduce sperm count and disrupt key functions of the male reproductive system.

When you add a home softener system, you help ensure that every member of your family – current and yet to come – enjoys optimal health and well-being.

No. 5: Soft Water Means You’ll Enjoy Staying Hydrated

You know the importance of staying hydrated but, when your water tastes nasty, it can be a chore to drink the recommended 2.7 liters per day that the research says our bodies need.

When you add a softener system, however, you improve the appearance, smell and flavor of your home’s water.

This ensures that you will always enjoy a clean, clear and refreshing glass straight from the tap. No lugging bottles or paying a fortune for delivery.

NuWater Technologies, based in Draper, Utah, provides high-quality, affordable softening, filtration and heating systems. If you don’t believe you need a softener system in your home, see for yourself. Whether you have your own well or you’re attached to the municipal supply, our professional testing will tell you exactly what excess minerals and unhealthy substances may be coming out of your tap.

Contact us today and let us show you how soft water can benefit the health of your entire family.