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Benefits of Water Softeners
| What are the benefits?
| Which water softener to buy
Buying a water softener is somewhat like buying car. It uses salt like a car uses fuel. It needs a service like a car needs service.Make sure you choose a good quality water softener with low running costs as well as a good price.Warranties should be in writing and checked to ensure they are free and genuine.
| Water softener prices
The average price for a water softener in Ireland is approximately €900 including installation.You will come across a handful of water softeners in Ireland for more than that, and a handful for less than that. The market is broken into three sections.High End Premium Water Softeners(eg Ecowater)
Mid Range Water Softeners (Clack,Autotrol)
Low End Water Softeners (often cheap copies)
| Before you buy
Make sure you do not buy a copy of a genuine system and end up paying the same as you would for a genuine system.Ask the questions:Where is it the valve made?
Is it a copy of another valve?
How much salt does it use per month?
How much water does it use per regeneration?
Is warranty free or subject to annual service fee?
Make sure you get what you are paying for.
| Water softener brands
The first range, the high end premium brands like Ecowater,where the complete water softener is manufactured, assembled, tested and packaged,by the manufacturer and arrives to you in a boxlike your washing machine, with the warranty from the manufacturer. Digital, smart technology, low running costs using a bag of salt on average every 6-8 weeks, costing approximately €48 per year to run and with a manufacturers’ warranty of up to 15 years on parts and labour. The warranty is free and not subject to annual service fee. These are the best value water softeners on the market.The second and third range in the water softener market today are assembled water softeners where various parts are purchased from various manufacturers and put together by a local company in Ireland. This means that they have not been manufactured or tested by one single manufacturer. It is so important to look at thequality of each part of a system like this to ensure you have quality parts and a quality finished water softenerThere is a difference between the mid- range and low end range of water softeners even though they are both assembled. The manufacturers of the various parts are normally of higher quality in the mid-range of water softeners with the finished product being of an excellent standard. These water softeners are available in timed or metered, have reasonable running costs using a bag of salt every 4-6 weeks costing approximately €96 per year to run with a warranty of 5 years. The warranty is free and not subject to an annual service fee. Brands like Clack and Autotrol are good reliable brand names in this range.The low end range of water softeners use various valves generally cheaper copies of old valves and normally electro mechanical and not digital. They tend to use lower grade cheaper copy parts for the rest of the water softener also. Some use thin plastic, and tanks that can leak and burst. They are then assembled by a local company in Ireland. Cutting back on quality means cheaper prices but it does not mean the best value for money if running costs are higher using a bag of salt every 2-4 weeks and if warranty is subject to an annual service fee makes the system the most expensive water softener to run. They can be the same price as a genuine good quality system so be sure you get what you pay for. Check all information before you buy. Make sure you get value for money.All of this information is based on testing of systems and market research completed by The Water Treatment Centre.
In summary, the price you pay for the water softener is only part of the price. The running costs of the water softener are the second part of the price.Quality water softeners cost a little more to buy but a lot less to run meaning they are actually the cheapest option as well as giving great performance. That is value for money. Make sure you get a great water softener that saves money and does not cost you excessive money to run.
We have spent years researching makes and models of water softeners in Ireland and continue to do so every day. We supply quality products at reasonable prices giving customers not just any old product, but quality products that are value for money. We supply the best water softeners Ireland has to offer at great prices and the best after care service in water treatment in Ireland.
| What is limescale
Limescale is simply a build-up of calcium and when it comes in contact with heat, it will form a white crusted layer of scale and continue to build up every time you use water. The most visible sign of limescale is in the kettle. This is also building up in washing machines, dishwashers, electric showers, hot water cylinders boilers and pipe work. Eventually the appliances will stop working and the pipe work will cause problems. Limescale also creates lots of extra cleaning as it leaves white stains on taps, sinks shower doors. Clothes, hair and skin are also left dry and hard and many people complain of skin conditions.
| The cost of limescale
The cost of limescale damage is what drives many people to purchase water softeners, as they get fed up of paying out for new washing machines, showers, kettles, hot water cylinders etc. The costs are a lot more than most people realise. Washing machines and showers are only some of the costs. The hidden costs are the extra electricity or gas used to heat your water as it needs to transfer the heat through the limescale to heat the water.The extra detergents, shampoos and shower gels needed to get a lather as hard water does not dissolve the product and just leaves a soap scum. Check the back of your washing powder, it will tell you to use more in a hard water area. People invest in water softeners because they save money and provide luxurious clean soft water for baths and showers, and they help skin conditions Water softeners have been proven by independent reviews to save over €500pa in an average household proving hard water costs over €500pa without one.The Water Quality Association have conducted independent studies/reviews in 2010 and proven softeners to be one of the “best energy saving devices”.
| The comfort of water softeners
Soft water provides clean silky water for showers, baths, washing hair and clothes. Soft Water is a natural hair and skin conditioner and leaves everything much softer. Many customers’ men and women tell us how much better it feels to shave with soft water. You will notice how clean the water is and how shampoo, shower gels lather and create lovely bubbles! Everything is cleaner without the white stains on taps, shower doors and sinks, they shine with less cleaning.Water Softeners save over €500pa every year in your home. You can use the money they save to pay for a good quality water softener that is better value and cheaper to run trouble free. You will pay a little more when you buy good quality water softener, but it will guarantee to save you money on limescale problems, be cheaper to run than other softeners and with our monthly ‘pa as you save’ payment option, you can get the best system for your home. Our ‘pay as you save’ option is a reflection of our confidence in our Ecowater Softeners. A small deposit with interest free monthly payments means you have total peace of mind that you can trust us!We have spent years researching makes and models of water softeners and continue to do so every day. We supply quality products at reasonable prices giving customers not just any old product, but quality products that are value for money. We supply the best water softeners Ireland has to offer and the best after care service in the Irish water treatment business.With water softeners fitted across Ireland from Co. Offaly, Co. Meath, Co. Dublin, Co. Louth. Co. Laois, Co. Kildare, Co. Carlow, Co. Kilkenny, Co. Wexford, Co. Cavan, Co. Westmeath, we have customers in your area who have experience the quality of our water softeners and our after care service. Whether you live in Ashbourne, Ratoath, Navan, Trim, Longwood, Enfield, Drogheda, Bettystown, Laytown, Julianstown, Slane, Swords, Balbriggan, Tullamore, Portarlington, Portlaoise, Athy, Monasterevin, we have customers in your area happy to speak with you about their experience with us.We can guarantee you will be thrilled with our water softeners, filters and our great service. We provide all the salt and service you need for your water softener/filters so you can be sure you will be well taken care of as our customer.We take pride in our family run business and thoroughly enjoy looking after all of our customers providing great quality systems with a great service.
Limescale causes damage and costs over 500 euro every year in an average home on descaling products, cleaning products, extra detergeants, extra shampoo etc. That is 500 euro before you may need to replace or repair any appliances. It is cheaper to have clean soft water throughout your home than it is to have hard water and limescale damage. If you can afford to invest a little in a water softener, it will save you thousands over the years. Take a look at our finance package which will let you spread the payments interest free and you can start to save money with a water softener and enjoy great water.
| Installation of water softeners
Water softeners come in a range of sizes and can be fitted under the sink, in a press near the sink, a utility room, garage, pump house or outside the house under a cover.On the day of installation our trained installers will do a survey of your pipework, and discuss all the options with you, so you can decide where you would like to have your water softener and or filter system fitted.Our installation team will do a very neat tidy installation of your water softener and filter system. You will be thrilled with the quality of work and our engineers will explain how the system works and what you need to do to maintain it.It normally takes about two hours to do a great job and that’s it. No more limescale. All you need to do is keep your water softener system topped up with salt once a month and it will work away itself. Simple.Like all of our customers, you will wish you had done it years ago.We pride ourselves on great service. We receive calls daily from customers regarding the quality of our service and workmanship and great attitude to customers. We know you too will be thrilled with our service.
One simple installation and you can forget limescale and start saving money.
Water Softeners work simply by removing 100% of limescale as it passes through the resin. Salt regenerates the resin. Very little maintenance is required.
Water softeners are fitted to the main water feed coming to the house. From the day they are fitted, water softeners will remove 100% of limescale from the water. They also begin to descale the existing build up of limescale from kettles, showers etc and can remove up to 90% of the existing build up over the course of 9 months after it is fitted. A great bonus!
|How do Water Softeners Work
The water flows through the water softener where the lime is collected and the water flows out clean and soft, free from 100% of lime. This means you have clean soft water running throughout your home every day. The water softener will eventually become full of lime and will need to clean itself out . It does this with a mixture of food grade salt and water called a brine solution. It does this automatically using the valve on the water softener so you do not need to do anything. It normally cleans itself at 2 in the morning when everyone is asleep and this will happen several times a week depending on the water you use and how much lime is in the water and also the make and model of system you choose.The salt comes in 25kg bags, tablet form is best. We can supply and deliver it to your door. Just top the system up with the salt every month and that’s all you need to do.A good quality system needs very little service and should not cost a lot on salt.One simple installation which takes about two hours and you will change your water supply from a costly inconvenient problem into a luxury for the family that guarantees to save you money every day.Like all of customers, you’ll say ‘I should have done it years ago’View some testimonials from some of our customers and see why the bought a water softener and what they think of their water softener. Just click on you tube links below.