Most homes in North America have hard water—89.3 percent in the U.S. and 85 percent in Canada.
It’s OK to drink hard water, but it can cause trouble in your San Antonio home:
- Mineral collection in plumbing and appliances
- Reddish streaks in toilets
- Faded clothing and rough towels
- Lackluster skin and hair
- Splotches on dishes, flatware and glasses
- Low flow rate during showers
Water softening solutions from San Antonio Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can manage your home water issues and bring you better-tasting drinking water.
Whether you’re starting to research water softeners or you need water softener repair, our team of specialists are here to help.
Need a new water conditioning system for one reasonable monthly payment? Check with us for more information about our Advantage Program™.1
Benefits of Using a Water Softener
It’s inexpensive to use a water softener. It needs less than $3 in electricity per year.2
A water softener only has to have about 2.5 pounds of salt. That’s 80 percent less salt than dial-style softeners.
Soft water can make cleaning more effortless, help your appliances last longer and help you avoid plumbing clogs.
Clog-Free Plumbing and Fixtures
Soft water helps water flow easily in plumbing. Hard water causes mineral deposits to accumulate in your pipes and fixtures. This can cause clogs and decreased water pressure.
Showerheads in homes with hard water can lose 75 percent of their flow rate in shorter than 18 months. Soft water maintains the brilliance and full flow for faucets and showerheads, nearly as well as the day they were installed.
Soft water is lacking minerals. It doesn’t cause deposits in pipes or restrict water flow in fixtures.
Over time, hard water can cause minerals to accumulate in your washing machine and dishwasher.
The mineral deposits in hard water form limescale when they become warm. This can cover the heating elements in your appliances, reducing life span and efficiency.
As a result, your appliances may need repeated fixes or need to be swapped out sooner.
Efficient Water Heaters
Soft water preserves the efficiency of water heaters.
Gas storage and tankless water heaters using soft water hold on to the factory efficiency rating over a 15-year lifetime. In comparison, using hard water for a gas water heater can reduce efficiency by up to 48 percent.
If you own an electric water heater, up to 30 pounds of rock-like scale can build up in the tank from hard water. The scale is an inferior heat conductor. It can reduce the life of your heating element, because it has to work longer to heat water.
Soft Skin, Brighter Laundry and Cleaner Dishes
Hard water minerals collect on your skin and in your hair, making it look dull. It can also contribute to painful razor burn.
Soft water is better at rinsing soap residue, so you’ll have smoother skin and shinier hair. Plus, your clothes will look more colorful and your dishes will look cleaner.
Less Soap and Cleaning Time
When you have hard water, you have to use more soap for a satisfactory lather. The minerals in hard water react with soap. This creates a scum on sinks.
With soft water, you won’t need to use as much time cleaning to eliminate soap scum. You’ll also use less cleaning supplies.
What You Need to Know About Hard Water and Water Softener Systems
What is Hard Water?
Hard water has more minerals than ordinary water.
What is a Water Softener System?
It’s an appliance that takes out additional minerals like calcium and magnesium. It also lowers chlorine, iron and volatile organic compounds.
How Long Does a Water Softener Last?
A water softener that’s the correct size for your home will last for a long time. Its age depends on the manufacturer and how much you use it.
How Much Does a Water Softener Cost?
Some water softeners are more efficient than others. As a result, the fee may differ.
Costs can also differ based on how hard your water is and how much water you use. If your water is especially hard and is used frequently, softening rates will increase.
Is Softened Water Safe to Drink?
Softened water includes all the natural minerals we need. While a small amount of sodium is mixed in during the softening process, softened water is completely safe to drink.
What’s the Quality of My Drinking Water?
Water quality fluctuates by geography and processing levels. It can also be affected by construction, mining, agriculture and mineral deposits your groundwater travels through.
You can learn if there are contaminants in your home’s drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group manages a free database of more than 30 million state records of tap water tests. About 81 percent of community utilities tested in the U.S. have chemicals linked to cancer, according to the group’s analysis.
Can Brine from Softeners Damage my Septic Tank?
A study by the Water Quality Association found a septic tank can’t be hurt by brine let out by a water softener. The tanks that were studied were correctly placed and working properly.
Softened water may help limit detergents being discharged into your septic tank.
Softer Water, Guaranteed
Hard water problems? Call us at 210-570-9705 or request an appointment online.
One of our professionals can figure out if you need a water softener.
We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee3 for a year. That means we’ll get the job done right the first time, whether you need us to service your water softener or install a new one.
1Some exclusions apply.
2Based on manufacturer’s information and assumptions. Savings may vary based on the type of system you use.
3Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable terms and conditions.