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How Water Quality Affects Your HVAC

Though many homeowners may only concern themselves of their water quality when using it in the bathroom or the kitchen, your air quality can also be impacted. Believe it or not, the HVAC system in your home can be negatively affected by poor water quality. Read on to learn more.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water means that the water contains a higher amount of calcium and magnesium particles. According to the Water Quality Association, water is considered to be hard when it includes an amount of 7.0 to 10.5 grains per gallon of calcium carbonate. Soft water, on the other hand, contains less than one grain per gallon of calcium carbonate.

How Does Hard Water Affect an HVAC System?

If you use a boiler for heating, hard water can harm your system. The high amount of calcium and magnesium particles solidify and create a scaly buildup. Eventually, the increase can block the heating elements in the boiler, causing it to run less efficiently and creating an opportunity for damage to your system. 

The scaly buildup almost acts as a layer of insulation and absorbs the heat before it can reach your home. Therefore, your system has to use more energy to heat your home, which leads to an increased electric bill. The calcium and magnesium buildup will also eventually lead to corrosion on various components of your HVAC system. 

Unfortunately, over time this will cause your system to break down and need repairs. The long-term effect is a shortened lifespan of your HVAC system.

Protect Your Home With a Water Softening System

The best way to keep your household healthy and your appliances working efficiently is to remove harsh chemicals from your water supply. Contact Aquarius Water Conditioning for a free quote today!

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