Those ancient lakes and seabeds might be fun to read about, but they can cause some downright frustrating problems for American homeowners. Because they left behind large deposits of limestone that infiltrated the water supply, 85 percent of the population lives with hard water, which is water rich in natural minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Fortunately, modern water softeners can remove this microscopic debris, leaving behind clean, clear water. Here are four reasons you should invest in a water softener now, and why you won't regret it later.

1. Use Less Soap
Because hard water contains calcium and magnesium ions, it reacts differently with soap than clean water does. Hard water forms soap scum and this scum can collect on shower walls and glass enclosures. In addition to this inconvenience, hard water also interferes with soap's ability to remove dirt ions, which means more soap is needed to do the same amount of cleaning.

In fact, because soft water lathers so much more effectively, the addition of a single home water conditioning system could reduce your soap consumption by half. This means that in addition to using less body wash and shampoo, you might also need less laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid and hand soap, which will save you a significant amount of money.

2. Longer Lasting Fabrics
When you wash your clothing or wipe down your upholstery with hard water, it impacts your fabrics much in the same way dirt impacts your carpet. Because hard water contains millions of microscopic minerals, these tiny rocks can act as fine abrasives that can wear out clothing, upholstery and carpet sooner than these linens should wear out.

Additionally, clothing, draperies and home rugs that have been washed in hard water develop a stiff feeling, which can irritate your skin or impact the way the fabric drapes. Instead of looking plush and fluid, your recently laundered linens might seem crunchy and dry. In contrast, clothing and linens washed in soft water maintain their shape and won't feel crunchy or dry.

3. Protect Your Appliances
One of the most damaging impacts of hard water stems from its tendency to create limescale on plumbing fixtures and inside of appliances. Eventually, homeowners who have hard water may be faced with dishwashers laden with clogged sprayer jets and pressure washers that need to be replaced.

Unfortunately, hard water accumulations are so damaging that they can impact the appliances ability to perform normal functions, putting a strain on motors and shortening the life span of the entire device.

Although whole-home water softeners can be expensive, these softeners are an investment and their impact on your finances will be noticeable because water softeners can improve the life span of some home appliances. 

4. Better Energy Efficiency
When appliances work harder than they need to, it can also drive up your energy use, leaving you with steeper utility bills. For example, traditional water heater tanks are notorious for accumulating mineral sediment, which can eventually solidify into a block and take up space inside of your unit.

Unfortunately, since hard water accumulations take up space where water could be, your system will have to replenish the water around the block more frequently, increasing your energy use. However, since soft water doesn't create these problems, you can enjoy more hot water and lower energy costs. 

Are you ready to upgrade your home water system? AquaTec Water Conditioning can help you with everything from complimentary water testing and water softener installation to ongoing maintenance and repairs.

Whether you are adding a water softener to your home for the first time or you are thinking about replacing your system, contact the experts at AquaTec Water Conditioning for their expertise today.