60% of homes in the UK are built in hard water areas – London, the South-East and Anglia. Hard water creates a build up of scum and limescale in kettles, shower heads and stains toilets, sinks and baths.
Imagine the problem personified in heating systems, washing machines and dishwashers all of which are prime targets for hard water damage. Just 1.6mm build up of limescale on the inside of heating system surfaces can cause a 12% loss in heating efficiency in pipes, radiators and on heat exchanger surfaces in boilers.
It’s estimated that the annual amount of hard water used by a typical family of four contains 70kg of scale. Untreated limescale will reduce energy efficiency ultimately leading to appliances and heating systems being replaced.
With so many homes built in hard water areas the majority of domestic consumers are seemingly prepared to put up with it. But the tide is changing direction as more consumers are now doing something about improving their water supply.
Unlike our american counterparts who have embraced the installation of water softeners for decades; the UK are only just beginning to see the tangible benefits that can be enjoyed by having a water softener; these benefits include lower energy usage which equals reduced energy bills.
With energy bills spiralling upward any investment that pays for itself in less than two years; saves the consumer money for as long as you are using it is definitely worth considering.
Consumers can switch energy suppliers to save money but this is a short-term cost saver only offering temporary respite from Utility bills until the next round of cost increases.
Installing a water softener in a hard water area will save you upwards of 20% on energy bills because of the reduced demand of electrical energy supply.
Water softeners work the opposite of nature; to quickly illustrate: rain water is soft and becomes hard when it filters through limestone rock strata collecting impurities thus changing water from soft to hard. A water softener does the reverse of this by effectively washing hard water through a resin bed that takes out the hardness, salts, magnesium and calcium in the water creating softened water.
Installing a water softener represents efficiency, will reduce maintenance costs, is good for the planet and impressive on consumers pockets!
A competent plumber or heating engineer will install a softener in half a day; as long as there is a minimum water pressure of 1.7 bar (25psi) access to mains water supply, drainage and electricity are available.
Aquatech are an approved installer of Kinetico Water Softeners and water treatment solutions. So whether you are undertaking remedial works or require a complete installation of a new heating system; Aquatech can provide advice and guidance to ensure that you maximise your energy savings.