How Installing a Water Softener can improve Your Home’s Efficiency Levels

4893253973_16d9b33041_mThere are many benefits of installing a water softener in your home, and some of them are more well-known than others. For example, some of the most popular reasons why people install water softeners are to eliminate limescale, protect plumbing systems and improve the effectiveness of dishwashers and washing machines. One benefit of water softeners that goes slightly under the radar is the fact that they can lower many of your home’s utility bills. Today we’re going to talk about how a water softener can improve your home’s efficiency levels and decrease the amount of money you spend on gas, water and electricity in your New Hampshire home!

How can a water softener improve your New Hampshire home’s efficiency levels?

  • Lowering your electric bills. Most dishwashers and washing machines use electricity to heat water. When water comes into contact with the heating elements in these appliances, it absorbs heat and its temperature increases. Hard water can make this process more difficult, because hardness minerals tend to accumulate on the heating elements themselves. When this happens, it forms a layer between the heating elements and the water that needs to be heated, forcing the appliances to work harder and consume more energy to keep water hot. By installing a water softener, you can eliminate scale buildup on the heating elements and minimize the amount of electricity that your appliances consume.
  • Lowering your gas bills. Many water heaters use gas as their heat source. They work by placing a set of burners under the water heater, which heats up the water inside of the tank. The minerals in hard water tend to accumulate at the bottom of water heater tanks. This forms a barrier in between the burning flames and the water that needs to be heated. As a result, the water heater will have to consume more gas to keep the water at the right temperature. A water softener will prevent minerals from building up in a water heater’s tank, which will greatly improve its efficiency. Since a water heater is one of the top gas-consuming products in homes, installing a softener is a great way to reduce your monthly gas bills.
  • Lowering your water bills. When hardness minerals build up inside of your plumbing system, they can increase the pressure in your pipes and cause pinhole leaks. These leaks are sometimes hard to find, which means they can waste water for a long period of time before they are discovered. Installing a water softener will prevent leaks caused by the buildup of hardness minerals, which can help conserve water while also protecting your plumbing system.

Have your water tested by McBride’s to see if you could benefit from a water softener

Do you suspect that your home has hard water? Does it seem like your monthly utility bills are higher than they should be? Contact McBride’s to schedule a water test. We’ll measure the concentration of hardness minerals in your home’s water in order to determine whether or not a water softener could benefit your home. We offer a free at-home testing service as well as a comprehensive laboratory test, and measurements for water hardness is included in both of them.

If you have any questions about how a water softener can improve your home’s efficiency levels, or if you’d like a water system serviced or installed in your home, contact McBride’s Water Advantage, your water softener and water filtration system dealer in Epsom, NH. We provide service all over New Hampshire, including towns like Dover, Rochester and Gilford, NH.

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