20 Nov How water treatment systems help save money on water heating costs
Water quality and your home’s heating system seem like they wouldn’t have anything in common, but they collide right inside your water heater and any water-based heaters you might have, such as geothermal systems. If the water is too hard or too acidic, it can destroy water pipes and heater parts, as well as make your water heater much more inefficient and costly.
Here are two ways that you can make sure your water is well-conditioned and heating your home efficiently:
Eliminate hard water
Minerals from water that’s too hard can create a lot of scaly buildup inside your water heater and in the pipes lead ing to water-based heating systems. That means less water is able to travel through the pipes, and it takes longer for the water to heat up properly. You’ll end up running the water in your sink or shower for a longer time to let it warm up. And, at the same time, you’ll turn up your heater, because the restricted water flow isn’t generating as much heat as you want. Treating the water to remove many of the minerals reduces this problem substantially, allowing your appliances to work more effectively.
Control your water’s pH
Natural water is typically between 6.5 and 7.5 pH, but it’s commonly recommended that you keep your boiler water at 8.5 pH. Acidic water, with a low pH, is corrosive. This is a particular problem with well water that is exposed to acid rain or decaying plants. The corroded pipes can leak, letting water seep out before it reaches your home. As a result, you again end up turning up the heater to get adequate heating, and the water can also cause your water heater to malfunction.