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Is a Water Softener Worth It?

Want to learn about water softeners from an expert? Doug, the Water Buff, shared some insights when he was asked “is a water softener worth it?” Check out what he had to say in this installment of the video series “Stump the Water Buff.”

Why Investing in a Water Softener Is a Game Changer

A water softener typically lasts 8 to 12 years, so while the upfront cost of purchasing one may seem high, over time, you will actually save money by adding one in your home. And if you buy and install your own system, you will offset your investment cost even quicker.

Still wondering if a water softener is worth it? Explore the topics below and find links to additional resources that elaborate on the numerous benefits of soft water.

Most homes have hard water

In North America, it’s estimated that 85% of homes have hard water. The level of water hardness is determined with a measurement of grains per gallon (gpg). Soft water is 3 gpg or less, and hard water is 7 gpg and up. If you have 15 gpg or more, your water is considered extremely hard. Some U.S. cities with the highest levels of water hardness include Indianapolis, Indiana; Las Vegas, Nevada; San Antonio, Texas; and Tampa, Florida. You can buy a hard water test kit to find out if you have hard water.

Want to know more about the benefits of water softeners?

Get a detailed look at how adding a water softener to your home can provide such positive results with this comprehensive resource.


The Benefits of Water Softeners

Improve your home and spend less time cleaning

No one wants to waste water, time or money. Maximize efficiency and cut time by cleaning with soft water. Having a water softener will allow you to spend less time scrubbing buildup off of surfaces and your glassware won’t have all the water spots. You also won’t need to use as much soap, detergent or cleaning agents.

Your laundry will also be softer, and your clothes will last longer and fade slower if you use a softening system. That alone provides savings for many people, since clothing won’t need to be replaced as often.

Keep your water-using appliances running in better condition

Worker repairing the dishwasher in the kitchenWant to know what hard water can do to home appliances that require water? Do a deep clean of your coffee maker and see the hard water stains and crust buildup in those hard-to-get areas. Then, imagine having similar buildup inside a larger water-using appliance—like your water heater or dishwasher.

Hard water damages everything it touches, which means those hard water minerals are costing you a lot of money over time. Using a water softener will allow you to cut down on repairing or replacing broken down equipment. Your home’s pipes will also be in better condition, meaning you will have better water pressure. And you will notice cheaper energy bills since your water-using appliances will perform better.


Your personal hygiene will benefit

Hard water does more than wreak havoc on your home, it can also affect your personal hygiene.  Dry skin and hair are common symptoms of hard water. Skip the extra body care products, expensive dandruff shampoos and trips to the salon by using a water softening system.

Not only is a water softener worth it as an investment, but it’s also possible to install it yourself. Softening systems also don’t require a ton of upkeep, making them a convenient addition to your home.

Want to ask the Water Buff a question about home water systems? Leave a comment on the YouTube episode page and maybe Doug will answer your question in an upcoming “Stump the Water Buff” episode!

Thinking it’s time to invest in a water softener?

If you want to add a water softening system to your home, but need more information about what to get, explore this guide.

What Size Softener Do I Need?