When you install a whole house water treatment system, it’s easy to focus on the installation costs, and this may even dissuade some homeowners altogether. This is a mistake; a water purification system can improve your life in many ways, and it does have significant cost benefits. There are hidden costs to using poor quality water, such as: buying bottled drinking water, using more soap or detergent and repairing or prematurely replacing water using appliances. These costs really add up over the years, so let’s take a closer look at the three cost benefits to installing a water purification system in your home.
1. No Need for Bottled Water at Home
When you have fresh and clean tasting water coming directly out of your faucet, there is no need to buy bottled water to use at home. This is probably the most obvious cost benefit that we can illustrate here, and it’s easy to break it down. According to the top savings website Money Crashers, an average American spends $1.21 per gallon of bottled water. Tap water costs $2 per 1,000 gallons, and this makes bottled water 600 times more expensive to buy. When you stop buying bottled water you don’t need to lug bottles around your home, there is no need to store bottles anymore, and you won’t be generating plastic waste either.
2. Lowering the Costs of Washing
Most of us are supplied with hard water that lowers the cleaning power of soap and detergent. The dissolved minerals that cause hard water, such as magnesium, calcium, and iron, prevent our soap and detergent from lathering. This lead to the formation of soap scum, that sticks to our clothes and makes them less clean than they should be. There are also problems when we shower and bathe, some of the minerals are left on our skin, they cannot be rinsed away because that water is hard too. This can lead to skin irritation problems and minerals dried on hair can make it feel flat, lifeless and unmanageable. The solution for many people is to use more soap or detergent, but this creates more soap scum, and it won’t fix the problem. It’s estimated that in hard water areas 75% of the soap used isn’t activated and it’s simply washed into the drain. Many homeowners that switch to softened water notice that they use far less soap, lower washing temperatures, and the results are far better.
3. Water Using Appliances
Hard water can also affect the water using appliances in your home. The limescale build up caused by minerals can clog up appliances, such as dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines. At first, you may notice that they don’t seem to be working as well as they used to and eventually repairs will be needed. The dishwasher and washing machine will both have to work harder to carry out a wash cycle. This will use more energy than necessary and drive up your energy bills for no extra performance.
If you have more questions about water purification system, get in touch with your local water treatment professional for expert help and advice.