By Mark Nelson President Nelson Water:
With more than 30 years’ experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Mark Nelson is a Class 1 Drinking-Water Operator and a CBWA (Canadian Bottled Water Association) Certified Plant Operator. As founder and president of Nelson Water in Ottawa, Mark focuses on dealing with challenging water treatment system designs for problem water. He also heads the largest water bottling plant in the city of Ottawa with a delivery network throughout the Valley.
Reduce Water Heating Costs
On the face of it, it may seem that the home water treatment system used to improve water quality would have no relation to your heating system. But, both of these systems do interact in your water heater and any other geothermal based system that you may have. If the water supplied to the heater is too acidic or hard, it can easily cause damage to your heater component and water pipes. Poor quality water can even make your water heater less efficient, and this will cost you more money. Let’s take a closer look at the relationship between higher quality water and water heating.
Heating Your Home More Efficiently
There are two main ways that you can improve your water quality to make your heating system more efficient:
- Get Rid of Hard Water
Hard water contains an elevated level of dissolved minerals that make your water hard, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. These minerals will create a buildup of scale inside your plumbing pipes and the water heater. Over time, this scale will narrow the pipes, the water flow will decrease, and this will increase the time needed to heat up the water. When this starts to happen, you may notice that you need to run the hot water in your sink or shower for progressively longer times. You may also notice that you need to turn up the water heater because the restricted water flow will not generate the heat that you need. When you remove the hard water, these problems are reduced, and the water using appliances will work more efficiently. It’s also worth mentioning that appliances will last far longer when they use softened water.
- Get Control Over the pH Level of Your Water
The natural water pH range should be somewhere between 6.5 and 7.5 pH. But, the water in your boiler should be at around 8.5 pH to work efficiently. If you have water with a lower pH level, it’s too corrosive, and if it’s above this range, it’s too alkaline. Acidic water can be a real problem for homes supplied with well water that has been exposed to decaying organic matter or acid rain. When the water supply is too corrosive leaks can occur, and the water may even seep out of the pipes before it enters your home. Again, this will restrict the water flow, and you may find that you’re turning up the heater to get the heating that you want. It should be noted that acidic water will also damage your water heater and cause it to fail earlier than intended by the manufacturer.
The best way to deal with both of these issues is to install a whole house water treatment system tailored to meet your needs. When you treat your own water, you can ensure that the water quality and the heating efficiency will be improved. A local water treatment professional will be able to recommend a system to address any pH level issues. Hard water can be removed by installing a water softener, and this will improve many other aspects of your home life and save you money at the same time.
3 Ways That a Water Softener will Save You Money
When you have hard water issues, it will drain your bank account, reduce your happiness and waste your time. A water softener will often use an ion exchange system to replace water hardening mineral ions with softer sodium (salt) ions. This will provide softer, smoother water that’s easy to use in your home. Let’s take a look at three ways that installing a water softener in your home will save you money.
- Save Money on Your Water Using Appliances
When you buy a water using appliance, such as water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines, it represents a significant investment. When your home is supplied with hard water, it will affect the efficiency of your appliances and plumbing. Over time, the scale will build up, and you may notice that your machines have to work harder to achieve mediocre results. This will drive up your energy bills, and this can cost you a significant amount of money over a year. Eventually, the appliances will start to fail, this will require an increasing number of repairs, and this will be expensive. Finally, it will not be economically viable to repair the appliance, it will have to replace prematurely, and this will also be expensive.
- Save Money on Soap and Cleaning Products
When you have hard water in your home, it will be hard to create a lather with soaps, detergents and cleaning products. Many people attempt to compensate for this by buying and using more soap and detergent and by using harsher commercial chemical cleaning products. This may seem necessary to get rid of any stubborn hard water stains that appear in the bathroom and kitchen. Actually, using more soap and detergent will only create more soap scum, and the cleaning will not improve. When you wash with hard water, it will leave residual minerals on the surface of your skin that dry. This material will not be rinsed away with more hard water; it will block skin pores, which can cause dry skin and itchiness. People suffering from existing skin issues such as eczema and dermatitis may experience flare ups more often. Many people switching to soft water notice that their skin and hair condition is improved. They often use less soap and detergent and find that they don’t need the moisturizers and other skin or hair products that they needed before.
- Save Money on Your Energy Bills
We mentioned this briefly earlier, but hard water can significantly increase the load on your water heater and other water using appliances. This will reduce their efficiency by increasing the water usage and making the machine work harder for longer periods of time. If you choose an efficient water softener, it will even use less salt compared to a cheaper unit. So, if you want to save money on electricity, water and water softener salt, it’s a great idea to install a water softening system in your home.
Contact your local water treatment company for best solution for your household.