When making upgrades to a home, many people focus on visible upgrades such as installing hardwood flooring or adding new siding. But, many people fail to realize how many home improvements you can make that are more functional than they are visual.
One example of a functional upgrade that often gets overlooked is adding a water filtration system. Water filtration systems are also commonly referred to as water purifiers or water softeners.
If you don’t yet have one and are looking to make some improvements to your home, here are a few reasons why you might want to consider a water softener instead of something more flashy.
Your Plumbing Will Thank You
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The water that flows through your home is more than just hydrogen and oxygen molecules. It’s full of different minerals too. And, depending on where you live, the water in your home may have more of these minerals than if you lived elsewhere.
Two of the more common minerals found are calcium and magnesium. While a little of each of them in your water is okay, if your water supply has too much, it can cause all sorts of problems for your home’s plumbing.
First, you can get a lot of buildup in your pipes. That means you will have to spend a lot of money getting them repaired more often than you probably want. Next, this same water is going to be running through your washing machine and dishwasher, which will eventually suffer the same fate as your pipes.
A water filtration system can remove a lot of the minerals that would normally damage your pipes and appliances.
Your Clothes Will Thank You
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Like your plumbing, when you have water with a lot of hard adulterants, your clothes take the brunt of those excess minerals. The small fibers that are woven together can really take a beating.
Hard water can make new clothes look old very quickly. Aside from making them look old and wear out faster than they should, it can also make them feel scratchy and uncomfortable.
Adding a water softener to your home will not only improve the longevity of your pipes and appliances, but it will improve the lifespan of your clothing too.
Your Body Will Thank You
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It’s pretty easy to understand that when you make an improvement to one part of your home, other parts of your home will benefit as well. For example, if you upgrade your windows and insulation, you’ll probably put less wear and tear on your HVAC system.
However, upgrading your home’s plumbing by adding a water purification system can actually help you directly. Like the fibers in your clothing, softer water will actually benefit your hair as it won’t take damage from hard minerals. Your skin can benefit too.
Your hair and skin are just the beginning though. A quality water filtration system will actually make your home’s water smell and taste better too. Plus, it can filter out potentially dangerous heavy metals that you should not be drinking.
While adding a new island to your kitchen might seem like a great way to spend your bonus check, you might want to consider a home improvement that will improve many more aspects of your life. Adding a water softener will help the longevity of your home’s pipes and appliances, your clothing, and it’s good for your body as well.
Best of all, if you do the math you’ll actually see a positive return on your investment after a few years due to the savings on repairs and clothing.