If you live in Central Texas and don’t have a water softening system installed, you more than likely encounter hard water on a daily basis, and it may be time to start treating yourself to the numerous benefits that softer water provides.

In a nutshell, soft water is water that has been treated to reduce the levels of minerals in the water. According to Wikipedia, “A water softener… works on the principle of cation or ion exchange in which ions of the hardness minerals are exchanged for sodium or potassium ions, effectively reducing the concentration of hardness minerals to tolerable levels and thus making the water softer and gives it a smoother feeling.”

“That all sounds nice, but how does it benefit me?” you may be thinking. And the answer is: softer water provides a number of benefits! From saving money, to having healthier-feeling (and looking!) hair and skin, and prolonging the lifespan for your appliances, softer water is an all-around good thing. Let’s take a look at each of these benefits a bit more in-depth.

Cleaning for Less
With softer water, you’ll save money by using less soap in the shower, and less detergent in your dishwasher and washing machine. In fact soft water can reduce the amount of soap/detergent you need by over 50%! Furthermore, you can reduce water-heating bills by almost 30% with softer water. Soaps and detergents don’t mix as well with hard water, so more is required to get your hair/skin/clothes clean. So by utilizing a a water softening system, you wind up spending less on soaps and detergents. A water softener removes the minerals from your water, which provides you with water to thoroughly clean your skin and hair. With hard water, skin pores clog with soap residue, which can leave your skin and hair looking and feeling dry and dull. Additionally, clothes washed repeatedly in hard water tend to fade faster; with softer water you’ll find you don’t have to go shopping for new clothes quite as frequently.

Longer-Lasting Appliances
Soft water prevents the occurrence of “scale,” which is caused by a buildup of the minerals in hard water. Scale can occur inside pipes and around sink and shower faucets. This buildup can impede water flow, which winds up requiring more power to heat your water. Over time, as scale builds up, it can run down your appliances, requiring more maintenance or replacements.

There are many more reasons why soft water is beneficial. But even with all of these benefits, salt-free water softening systems are superior in several ways, which we will take a look at in our next update… stay tuned for more!