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Is it good to soften only the hot water?

Eric Wiehler

Living without a water softener is unimaginable for households in hard water places, but a future ban on sodium-based softeners is probable unless salt and water usage reduction. It has happened in Calgary, some areas of Canada, and it can happen in other areas. In addition, individual households may help in maintaining the integrity of the water supply. However, it is advisable to first consult with experts from one of the best furnace companies in Calgary 


Table of Content- 

  • Overview  
  • Three Measures  
  • Take-Away  


It isn’t easy to eliminate the salt required by water softeners without furnace installers, but it is possible. Below are three simple measures, from plumbing and heating company Calgary, you can take to save money on salt, lower your water bill, and make municipal water treatment operations easier.  


Install your water softener if possible. 


Even if your water is too hard to survive without a softener, there are still options. First, check if your softener is working correctly. If your softener is more than 15 years old, you should replace it with a modern one. For 4000-5000 grains of hardness, you should aim for an efficiency rating of roughly 1 pound of salt per 4000-5000 grains of hardness. 


Older softeners might have a grain yield of as little as 1 pound per 2000 grains. It implies you’re using twice as much salt as a brand-new softener would. Also, make sure it regenerates depending on how much water you use, not on a daily or weekly basis.  


If you’re looking for a suitable water softener, inquire about efficiency ratings and choose a salt-free scale inhibitor instead of a sodium-based system. Do your research and clear your doubts. Unfortunately, you would have to live with this decision for many years, and it will influence your municipality’s drinking water.  


Don’t support salt sellers by increasing their earnings at the expense of the community’s water supply


Verify that your softener is configured correctly. For example, check the salt setting to ensure it’s set at the right level per cubic foot if the company who supplied your softener also sells salt. Setting the salt dial higher allows the dealer to make more by selling you a salt contract, but you may find that you can achieve the same amount of softness with less salt.  


Only use hot water to soften it


Save water and salt by softening only the hot water and allowing the cold water not to make it hard. You’ll probably see little change, but it will cut your salt and wastewater consumption in half. It won’t hurt your dishwasher because it runs on hot water. Your water heater or piping will not harm you.  


You’ll save money, and you could even be eligible for a municipal refund. Wiehler Mechanical is here to help with the expense of changing old plumbing lines to soften only the hot water.  


If you’re buying a softener for the first time, have it plumbed into your hot-only water supply. Outside (cold) lines will be as hard as they should be. If you already have a softener, it’s a good idea to check the external cables to make sure they’re hard as well.  


The take-away? 


You may see a trace of calcium build-up around sure faucets (which may easily remove with vinegar), but isn’t that a fair price to pay for safe, salt-free drinking water for future generations?  

Don’t hesitate to contact a furnace repairman at Wiehler Mechanical in Calgary if you have any queries.