Most people have heard the term hard water; most are unsure what that actually means. They just know that it needs to be treated. When your water is underground, it picks up the minerals that are in the earth, such as calcium and magnesium. This affects the way that water functions inside your home. There are many options to “soften” your water. One of the solutions is an electric water softener.
Signs of Hard Water
Hard water can cause a lot of damage to your pipes and reduce the flow of water into your faucets. It can also cause detergents and soaps to work less effectively. This can mean that you need to add more soap or wash things longer. Hard water can leave a soap film on your skin, water spots on dishes and glassware and leave residue in your sinks and showers.
Traditional Water Softeners vs. Electric Water Softeners
Traditional salt based water softeners work by placing bags of salt into a tub. When your water runs through the tub, the salt dissolves the chemicals in the water. This causes the water to have less calcium and magnesium, but more sodium. Large amounts of sodium can cause other problems, such as high blood pressure. It is recommended that people who are on low sodium diets should not even consume water that has been treated with a traditional salt based softener.
An electric water softener does not change the chemical properties of the water. An electronic water softener uses magnets or electric pulses to stimulate the chemicals found in the water. This type of softener will suspend the mineral molecules for 72 hours. In most homes, this allows for a continuous supply of water without minerals. An electronic water softener can create a strong electromagnetic field without losing water pressure. The only downside regarding electric water softeners is that they will not perform well if iron levels in the water are higher than average.
Benefits of Electric Water Softeners
Electric water softeners are economically priced and easy to install. That causes you savings in the softener itself and the cost of hiring a plumber to install the unit. Electric water softeners run on low voltage, saving you money on your energy bill. These softeners are always very easy to maintain and has proven to clear off any calcium that has accumulated on your pipes. Because electric water softeners do not soften water, but change the chemical properties, it is much safer to consume the water. One of the biggest benefits of electric water softeners is that unlike traditional softeners, you no longer have to continuously purchase large bags of salt. This will save you time and money.
No matter which water softener you feel is best for you and your household; traditional salt based softeners or electric water softeners you should always test your water before choosing any sort of water treatment. You can purchase test kits at your local hardware store to ensure you are purchasing the best water softener to fit your needs.