As the holiday season approaches, you may be getting ready to host family and friends in your home. Whether it’s a dinner party for friends and coworkers or a week-long retreat for extended family, opening your home to others takes a great deal of planning and preparation.
Installing a water softener is one easy way to ensure your guests have a comfortable holiday experience.
Hard water contains elevated amounts of calcium and magnesium and though generally safe to use, it has been known to cause a variety of problems related to cleaning, appliance maintenance, and deposit buildups. Over time, hard water may actually shorten the life of the pipes and appliances in your home and reduce the effectiveness of everyday household cleaning agents.
Water softeners not only alleviate problems such as scale buildup and clogging, they can help create a more enjoyable stay in your home for guests, all while easing your duties as host and homeowner. From vibrant looking clothing to shinier, cleaner silverware and dishes, softer water makes life a little brighter.
Impress Your Guests with Cleaner Dishes and Silverware
If you have hard water in your home, you may notice more streaks, white film, and residue on your dishes and silverware even after they have been washed. This happens as a result of hard water deposits that build up in your dishwasher. By switching to soft water, you can avoid the frustration of re-washing your dishes, allowing you to spend less time cleaning and more time entertaining.
Washing your dishware in soft water leaves them sparkling after the first rinse, but did you know having softer water can actually save you money as well? That’s because less detergent is needed to thoroughly clean your dishes. In fact, switching to a water softener can reduce your need for detergent by more than 50% as the minerals that inhibit the cleaning products are removed.
Reduce the Strain on Your Water Heater
Not only can installing a water softener benefit your dishes and silverware, but your wallet as well. Water softeners greatly reduce energy costs of water-using appliances, and have been proven to enhance the efficiency of gas water heaters by as much as 29%. This is because soft water is easier and quicker for hot water heaters to heat, equating to a reduction in energy consumption.
Additionally, hosting extra people in the house can definitely take a toll on your water usage and can really test the performance of your water heater. On top of saving energy and money, a fast heating water heater also means no wait time for showering or washing those extra dishes that come with having a full house.
Softer Water Means Softer Clothes and Laundry
Your houseguests will be happy to find their clothes look and feel cleaner longer when washed with soft water. Installing a water softener can help prevent laundry detergent from lingering in the fabric, and allows your clothing to maintain a higher level of quality and vibrancy longer than items washed in hard water.
Soft water helps preserve not just the quality and softness of your clothes, but your other laundry, too. While hard water can often leave your linens feeling stiff and scratchy, washing your towels and bed sheets with soft water leaves your items feeling fluffy and looking clean, all while using less product. Washing your bedding in soft water will make for softer and fluffier blankets, both of which will help keep you warmer. Towels will also be softer more absorbent than ones that have accumulated calcium and soap buildup from being washed in hard water.
Water Softeners Provide a Better Bathing Experience
Whether you’re giving your kids a bubble bath or taking a warm shower after a day out in the cold, soft water is the answer. That’s because hard water causes fewer bubbles to form in your tub due to a negative reaction between calcium and magnesium and the ingredients found in many bath products, such as soaps and gels. You are also less likely to get a rich lather from your body gels when mixed with hard water.
You may notice after a shower in hard water that your hair feels lifeless and straw-like, and your skin is dry, red, and even itchy. Because hard water limits how easily shampoo and soap rinse off, you may be left with soapy residue in your hair and body. Installing a water softener helps to allow the chemicals in your bath products to wash out completely, giving your hair extra shine and volume this holiday season.
Additionally, hard water can cause a buildup in mineral scale over time, which can affect your water pressure. This occurs when excess minerals get trapped in your faucet or shower head, leading to low water pressure and a less efficient shower experience. The benefits of installing a water softener will leave your guests talking long after their visit has ended.
This holiday season, give the gift of comfort by installing a water softener in your home. Call us today at 410-840-2583
Originally written and published by Water Care on Nov 11th, 2016