Save your appliances (and your skin) with a water softener. It’s hard not to notice the tell-tale signs of hard water: maybe your gear is wearing down, there's calcium deposits on your faucets, or your skin and hair is so dry that even expensive moisturizerwon’t help.
But don't stress, a water softener will save your gear (and your skin care routine).
What is a water softener?
A water softener is just as the name suggests: A device that softens hard water in your home. It does this by removing the minerals in hard water, such as calcium and magnesium, and replacing them with softer minerals: sodium or potassium. This minimizes clogging and corrosion andleaves less soap scum on the surface. There are different types of water softeners, but they all work to make water softer.
If you live in an area with hard water, adding a water softener is an easy solution: your laundry is brighter and softer, your hair remains manageable, your skin soft and smooth.
In general, water softeners cost between 10000 INR and 25000 INR when installed, or about 17000 INR on average. But water softeners can last up to 15 years, and even double the life of some of your appliances.
How do water softeners work?
The water softener's secret weapon is salt, not standard table salt, but sodium chloride. The unit is directly connected to your home's water system, and during the water softening cycle, the saltwater resin flows into the brine tank.
When you flush the water softener, calcium and magnesium molecules are removed from the water in the tank, leaving your water soft and ready to use.
Should you not use salt?
Some people choose salt-free water softeners over the traditional ones. The overall impact is the same, and (as a bonus!) You don't have to constantly add salt. But salt-free water softeners are more expensive and may be less effective.
Other types of water filters if you're not a fan of traditional brine softeners, there are other options for you as well.
Water conditioners: Water conditioners are often mistakenly referred to as water softeners, but they are an alternative to extra salt softeners.
Things to know before buying a water softener:
-Research various local water softening service companies before deciding. Look for any certifications or other information before you hire them .If you're not sure if you have hard water, a few simple tests will tell you.
Should you buy a water softener?
If you live in an area with hard water, a water softener is something you should consider, but it's an investment. To prolong the life of your water softener, you will need to perform periodic inspections and comply with routine maintenance.