When you think of your home’s water quality, you probably think of the safety of your drinking water, washing your clothes, and taking a shower. But your water quality also has a significant impact on your HVAC unit.
Hard Water and Your HVAC
Hard water is usually not recommended for household use because of its high mineral content. It can make drinking water taste chemically, cause your hair and skin to be dry, and can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing. Minerals like calcium and magnesium turn to solid particles that can build up inside of your heating system. This mineral buildup can trap heat or cooling inside your unit and prevent it from being released into your home. Over time, your water heater and HVAC components can begin to corrode and break, causing the need for a replacement. If you don’t fix the problem right away, the heating and cooling unit will break down more frequently. You may also find it hard to regulate your home’s temperature.
Improving Water Quality
Many people fight their home’s hard water with a water softener, which is an additive that counteracts the effects of minerals in your water. However, many of these softeners use salt, which also causes buildup in your plumbing — and your HVAC.
To improve your water quality and protect your heating and cooling system, consider installing a whole house water filtration system. Filtering your water is the best way to remove the contaminants from your water source before it begins to circulate into your appliances and your unit.