Seeing that most of today’s high tech and energy efficient appliances cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, it makes sense to get as much use out of them as possible before repairing or replacing them. Turns out something that is good for your health can also do good for your appliances as well. In today’s post, we take a look at the effect filtered water has on appliances and how it can save you lots of money down the road.
Hard water simply means that your water has a significant quantity of dissolved minerals contained in it. Studies have shown that hard water can have a negative impact on households as well as household appliances. In addition to wreaking havoc on your hair, hard water has also been shown to interfere with the ability to get clothes softer, dishes cleaner, and the ability to keep a shower spotless. However, these are things that most homeowners just seem to accept. Perhaps if they knew that the hard water that was causing all these other household problems was also reducing the performance and lifespan of their expensive appliances they’d be more proactive about doing something about it.
In a one-year study conducted by researchers at New Mexico State University, it was found that poor water quality (hard water) impacted the performance of electric and gas water heaters. Using data on six residential electric and gas water heaters that had been in use anywhere from five to 15 years, researchers were able to get a generous sampling of data that showcased how hard and soft water affected these appliances.
Remarkably, the scale and sediment that was removed from the hard water-using water heaters ranged from about four to 40 pounds whereas the scale buildup from the water heaters using filtered, soft water only were about one to four pounds. Because the accumulation of scale directly affects a water heater’s ability to conduct heat, these water heaters that used hard water used far more energy than those using soft water.
The same negative effects of hard water apply to all of our home’s appliances. Hard water has more minerals in it than does soft water and these minerals are passed through our pipes which can lead to more scale buildup, increased energy costs, decreased efficiency, and decreased total lifespan.
Washing Machines: Washing machines that have filtered, softened water running through them actually make your cleaning products more effective. This means that you’ll have to use less laundry detergent and you’ll have softer, cleaner-feeling clothes.
Dishwashers: Like washing machines, dishwashers using soft water will also benefit from less scale buildup and can more effectively clean dishes. This benefit will be shown in your glasses and dishes that are no longer spotted whilst drying.
Water Heaters: As we referenced in the New Mexico State University study above, the filtration of minerals results in a more efficient water heater. The water that is sent to washing machines, dishwashers, bathrooms and kitchens will be much less abrasive on other appliances and will result in less film commonly seen on bathtubs, shower doors and walls.
Your appliances, much like your home, are an important investment. With a premium water softener system such as the one Filter Butler provides, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of prolonged appliance lifespan, reduced energy costs, and the reduction of scale buildup that results in the waste of cleaning and personal care products. Sure there is an initial cost involved with a water softener, but the protection you’ll get coupled with the total savings of your appliances makes it a smart choice for every home.