There are places where the main water supply is hard water. Hard water in simple terms is water with high or low concentration of dissolved magnesium and calcium ions. When you free the amount of these minerals in the solution, the water becomes soft.
Soft water contains a minimum concentration of sodium or potassium ions. When hard water is used with cleaning agents and some synthetic detergents, the mixture does not lather; what forms is a scum. The gray colored layer reduces the efficiency of elimination dirt, stains and bacteria.
When you invest in a water softening system for your household use, you should know of the different types of softeners. The water softeners systems include ion exchanging resin, magnetic, electric, filtration, distillation, lime softening and reverse osmosis.
Chemical softeners like ion exchanging resin are known to add sodium and potassium salts in the water. It is better to do an analysis and research on the concentration of the minerals in the hard water so that you may consult on the best system unit.
The positive effects of water softeners are appreciated when performing laundry and dish washing. The reduction of minerals from the water allows lather (indicated by foam) to form when cleaning agents and detergents are used. This makes the clothes colorful, softens the fibers and makes laundry enjoyable.
When the water is soft, traces of curd-like deposits on water fixtures, bathtubs, showers, film on glass shower doors, shower walls, sinks, faucets, pots, pans and all types of dishes are nowhere to be seen. In addition when taking a shower with soft water, you are assured of bacteria and stain free body and soft but manageable hair. Soft water is easy on the skin and does not create feeling irritation when in use.
Another cost saved by water softeners if that of heating appliances. When using appliances like coffee makers, kettle, water heaters and any other device that uses water to function, you will notice developments of scaling when hard water is used; carbonate precipitates of calcium and magnesium when hard water experiences evaporation. These scales reduce the efficiency of the heating appliances by reducing their heat conductivity. That is why using soft water increases the lifespan of any heating appliances and the energy efficiency.
Scaling also occurs in piped systems. These pipes are clogged with the deposits to the extent that the water flow is reduced hence contributing to their low life span.
The benefits of the water softeners will be determined by factors like the type of softener, the brand name, the grain capacity, the price and the reviews and ratings (this will determine the durability, efficiency and performance guarantee of the water softeners).