Over the years many myths have built up around the use of water softener systems which can put people off buying them, and leaves them suffering with the effects of hard water for no good reason. So here are some of the most common myths people mistakenly believe:
- Using a water softener makes your water taste salty
This is probably the most common myth which people believe, because of the requirement to add softener salts to the systems. But it’s not true. The system works by using ion exchange which swaps the sodium ions, for the magnesium and calcium ions, which is how it is softened.
It doesn’t add salt to the water, sodium (Na) is in the water, not every day table salt which is (NaCl) so your water won’t taste salty if you use a softener.
- Drinking soft water is bad for your health
This is also linked to the first belief with people worrying that you are drinking high levels of sodium in softened water, making it really harmful. Again, this is not the case. The levels of sodium added to soften the water are minimal and studies have shown it has no negative impact on the health of most healthy adults. There is more sodium in a pint of milk than in a pint of softened water.
- A Water softener helps to purify your water
Water softeners only do one job and that is to soften hard water. They do not remove impurities or act as a water filter so if your water is contaminated in some way, then you would need to have some kind of filtration system, in addition to the softener.
- Water softener removes all the goodness from the water
Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium which is what creates water hardness, but this has led to the myth that all of the healthy minerals are also removed making the water unhealthy. This is not true. The magnesium and calcium found in hard water are inorganic and can’t be absorbed by your body, so they are not beneficial to your health. Softening the water only removes these inorganic minerals.
- Water softeners use up lots of energy
This is another myth, that owning a water softener becomes very expensive due to high levels of energy usage but this is not the case. In fact, most systems will actually help to lower your energy bills because the softer water means your household appliances and heating systems can all run more efficiently. Water softeners which are correctly set up and maintained will not add to your energy bills.
Unfortunately many of these myths have become ingrained, meaning people are concerned about buying and installing water softeners into their home, so they remain living with all of the problems and added costs which hard water brings.
Hopefully this article has helped to debunk the most common myths and highlighted the benefits which soft water can bring, including more efficient appliances, lower energy usage, not to mention the reduction of lime-scale deposits around your home and the potential for clogged pipes.
Water softeners won’t add salt into your water, or cause health issues and high bills, but they might help to solve some of the annoying and costly effects which hard water can have on your home every day.