A water softener system is a useful solution for treating hard water. While it is a cost-effective option, there are costs related to the maintenance and use of a water softener. By following a few simple tips, you may improve the efficiency of your softener system and reduce some of these costs.
Limit the Number of System Regenerations
Water softeners work by removing hard minerals from your water using resin beads charged with sodium. A brine solution is then used to rinse these beads and remove the collected calcium and magnesium. This process is known as the regeneration cycle.
Most water softener systems feature a control valve that allows you to adjust the number of days between regeneration cycles. By reducing the number of regenerations, you reduce wasted water and higher water bills.
Do Not Connect Your Softener to Every Water Line
Reducing the demand on your water softener system may help increase its lifespan. While most people connect the softener system near the start of the main water supply coming into the home, you can reduce the workload of the softener by only connecting it to certain waterlines.
You may not need softer water for cooking or for your drinking water. When you only use the softener for the plumbing and appliances where you do your cleaning and washing, you can limit the use of the softener system. This prevents additional wear on the softener system and may reduce the cost of salt.
Always Complete Necessary Maintenance Tasks
Water softener systems require occasional maintenance to continue working efficiently. When you skip these tasks, your softener system may develop buildup and scale that limits its ability to soften your water. The additional stress on the system may even result in more energy use. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance to eliminate these problems.
These three steps may help you reduce the cost of maintaining your water softener system. When you avoid additional wear and tear on the system and keep it running efficiently, you reduce the need for professional servicing, repairs, or the complete replacement of your softener.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Water Softening. Available at: :https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex9354. Accessed on: August 12, 2018.
Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture. Hard Water—To Soften or Not to Soften. Available at: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/ip/ip7/ip7.pdf. Accessed on: August 12, 2018.