HVP Magazine – The advantages of the latest generation of water softeners

Installers can easily improve the quality of their customers’ water by switching to the latest generation of water softeners, says Dario Palumbo, marketing manager at Monarch Water.

Rising temperatures, unpredictable weather patterns and calls for improved efficiency across the board have caused manufacturers to focus their efforts on producing products that not only meet consumer needs, but are also durable.

Extensive media coverage, the recent COP26 climate change conference and the government’s target to cut UK emissions by 78% by 2035 from 1990 levels have made the public even more aware of climate change issues. sustainability and the negative impact of human activities on the environment. . Additionally, fuel costs have risen and consumers are looking for ways to improve their carbon footprint while reducing utility costs.

This offers installers an opportunity to increase their own revenue, as well as assisting customers in their attempts to reduce expenses and improve energy efficiency.

Scale of the problem

Many UK consumers are blissfully unaware that the quality of their water can impact the efficiency of their home. The fact is that 60% of the UK has hard water, which has a high mineral content. This means that scale deposits will be commonplace in these homes and limescale will build up inside household appliances.

Although visible signs of limescale can be removed relatively easily with the right cleaning chemicals, the deposits found inside equipment such as boilers, washing machines, showers and dishwashers are not so easy to eliminate.

Installers can test customers’ water quality with a simple hardness test kit and explain the problems hard water can cause in the home. This will put them in a good position to suggest lasting solutions to problems caused by limescale.

Hard water contains minerals that calcify when heated, clinging to heating elements inside boilers and other household equipment.

According to British Water, just 1.6mm of scale buildup on a heating element makes it 12% less efficient, therefore more expensive to run and, to make matters worse, it also reduces the life of the equipment and increases the likelihood of failures. .

Quality matters

Water filtering and softening technology has advanced significantly over the years, with the latest generation of equipment providing an affordable and long-lasting solution to hard water and the problems it causes.

It is essential that installers are up to date with the latest product innovations so that they can recommend solutions tailored to the needs of each client. The good thing about modern water softeners is that they are compatible with any boiler, so anyone can have total protection against limescale.

High efficiency water softeners are the best option for households looking to improve their water quality and energy efficiency. The latest generation not only prevents the formation of limescale, but also eliminates existing deposits.

To make life easier, installers should opt for compact water softeners with bypasses that eliminate much of the equipment previously required for installation. More compact units are also easier to install.

Additionally, there are now battery-powered water softeners in addition to electric models to meet all customer requirements.

Eco option

It is essential that consumers have access to high quality drinking water at home, as the increasing consumption of bottled water has a negative impact on the environment.

Quality drinking water is easy with the help of water filtration systems and water purifiers (also known as reverse osmosis machines). These small units, which fit perfectly under kitchen sinks, produce pure, crystal-clear water.

Water purifiers use 0.0001uM semi-permeable membranes, in a multi-stage filtration process, to remove scale, scum, heavy metals, chemicals and microorganisms from the water. water.

Some units also use a remineralizing post-filter, replenishing healthy, natural minerals while refreshing and improving taste.

Carbon block filters are also used to reduce and remove unwanted water impurities such as chlorine, herbicides and pesticides – producing clean, ultra-clear and fresh tasting water. Look for units with auto-stop heads, which allow cartridges to be changed without shutting off the water supply.

These products can have a positive impact on the environment as they eliminate the need for plastic bottled water and also help improve energy efficiency. Some companies even offer these products with a sleek faucet.

Water quality is important to consumers, so installers need to be able to educate them on the latest innovations in water filtration and softening technology in order to benefit. With all the benefits these products offer installers and end users, it should be an easy sell.

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