A study released by the Water Quality Association (WQA) reveals how water softeners can save homeowners a "significant amount of money and energy" (2010). According to the study, softeners offer savings and green benefits when using gas water heaters, electric water heaters, tank-less water heaters, appliances, and shower heads.
Excalibur carries a crucial component to water softeners, the brine well. Brine wells are located inside the salt tank of a water softener to hold the salt of the unit. The brine well also “isolates the air check valve on the safety float from the rock salt or potassium chloride” (Quality Water Treatments, 2009). Brine wells also disable the air check valve and the water softener valve from getting clogged. For replacement brine wells from Excalibur, click here.
The study determined that there are some notable findings regarding water heaters, appliances, and shower heads. Specifically key was the amount of efficiency and life that such apparatuses sustained by being operated with softened water. The study shows that the efficiency and life of water heaters, appliances and shower heads are affected by the buildup of calcium scale deposits caused by hard water. The prevention of scale buildup from hard water grants water softeners to be among the “very best household energy savers,” thus translating to a significant amount of money saved (WQA, 2010). For more information on statistical findings regarding the study, click here.
Commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) in 2009, the study was undertaken by the Battelle Memorial Institute, a “renowned independent testing and research facility dedicated to applied science and technology development” (WQA, 2010).