There are four basic types of water softeners available including a salt base, salt-free, dual tank water softener, or descaler.
Each of them has its own features and benefits and should be chosen according to your particular requirements. At Knight, we use high-quality salt-based water softener systems that yield positive results. Yet each home and its needs are unique, which is why we recommend getting a professional opinion.
Advice from a professional plumber is always a good idea when choosing a water softener as we can make our recommendation based on your situation and take into consideration the durability of the materials and safety of your family.
Water Softener Pros
- One of the main benefits of having softer water is that there will be far less limescale build-up on sinks, taps, shower heads, shower screens, and kettles.
- Cleaning sinks, taps, shower heads, shower screens, and kettles are much easier. Bathtubs too, as there is far less hardened soap residue.
- You may extend the life of your appliances such as your boiler or washing machine due to minimal limescale build-up.
- Due to the minimized scaling, you will receive better efficiency which saves money on energy bills.
- There are possible health benefits. It is suggested that soft water allows skin to naturally moisturize and provides some relief to eczema.
- Washed items such as towels, blankets, and clothes will feel and look softer.
- Fewer detergents and soap are required as soft water lathers much better than hard water. There are claims of saving up to several hundred dollars per year by some households due to this fact.
- Savings on purchased detergents and soaps, as well as by preventing the failure of domestic appliances, results in savings that outweigh the cost of the water softener, installation, and maintenance.
Water Softener Cons
- Water softeners are often installed near the main water inlet. Depending on where your water softener is located, under the kitchen sink perhaps, you will likely lose space which would otherwise be occupied with common household belongings.
- You may need additional plumbing if you want to leave one kitchen tap for drinking water unsoftened, though it depends on where your main water inlet is located
- During regeneration water softeners waste some water. Inquire about the wastage of water softeners before making your choice. 10% is a common increase to expect to your water bill. You can offset the wastage by following some of our water saving tips.
- You will likely need water softener maintenance servicing every couple of years. This will depend on the model and manufacturer. Yet, most owners would be inclined to say that the savings amount to more in the long run.
- With salt-based water softeners, there will be a substantial amount of salt returned for recycling which may not be environmentally friendly.
- Again, with salt-based water softeners, an increased amount of salinity in any particular region will likely increase the water processing cost. Which, in turn, will probably be passed on to consumers at a certain point.
- Soft water for drinking or cooking is not desirable in the long run as it may leach heavy metals from appliances and pipes. This is why it is important to keep a separate water tap for drinking.
- Some people do not prefer the taste of soft water over hard water.
- For water softeners that use salt, the amount of rock salt which needs to be added to water softeners every few weeks requires an additional cost, however, most people will likely consider the savings to worth this extra cost.
We hope this article about water softener pros and cons has been helpful to you. When in doubt, do not hesitate to reach out to your local plumbing experts for advice as to which choice of a water softener is the best choice for your home. You can rely on professionals for quality repair, replacement, and installation of your water softener.