Do Water Conditioners Work?

Water conditioners are a popular solution for problems associated with hard water. But do they really work? In this blog post, we’ll explore whether or not they can actually improve your hard water problems and any other benefits they can offer.


What is a Water Conditioner?

A water conditioner is a device which treats hard water, reducing existing limescale build-up in the home and preventing more limescale from forming.  Not only does this make cleaning easier, but it also helps to prevent unnecessary repairs to your expensive household appliances.


There are many types of water conditioner, including electronic, catalytic and TAC (template assisted crystallization) systems. Whilst they all work differently, the end goal is the same: to make hard water minerals behave differently and no longer stick to surfaces as limescale. You can read more about the different types of water conditioners here.


Do Water Conditioners Actually Improve Hard Water?

The answer is yes, if you invest in a good quality water conditioner it will improve your hard water!  That is to say, it will make a visible difference to the amount of limescale present in your home. So, if that’s your end game, then a water conditioner could be the right solution for you.


What Other Benefits Do Water Conditioners Offer?

While you may choose to install a water conditioner to remove visible limescale in the home, you may be surprised to discover that there are other significant benefits to be had.  For example, there are huge savings to be made on your bills! This is because limescale reduces the efficiency of your appliances, including your kettle, washing machine and dishwasher. You can find out how a water conditioner can help you cut your energy bills here.


Another great benefit to water conditioners is that they protect your appliances from premature failure. Limescale accumulates on the components of any water-bearing appliance and in your plumbing, fixtures and fittings. Not only does this make items like your washing machine use more energy, it also puts a serious strain on them so they require more frequent maintenance and need to be replaced more often. When you think about how much a new dishwasher or washing machine costs, you can see why protecting them from hard water and limescale makes perfect financial sense.



Water conditioners can be an effective way to reduce limescale in the home which has many additional benefits, not least of which is lower energy bills and longer-lasting appliances.

However, it’s important to do your research so that you make an informed decision on which type of water conditioner to install. Don’t forget to ask any potential supplier whether their solution requires any ongoing maintenance and how long you can expect it to remain effective.


The Halcyan Water Conditioner is a 100% passive, fit-and-forget solution to your limescale problems and is effective for 30+ years. To find out more about how our solution works and which product is right for you, call our team on 0345 5040 656 who will be delighted to answer any questions you may have.

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Do I Really Need a Water Conditioner?

Water conditioners are essential pieces of equipment for many households, but do you really need one? In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of having a water conditioner in your home and answer the question: do I really need a water conditioner?


What is a Water Conditioner?

A water conditioner is a device that treats hard water as it enters the home and affects the ability of limescale to form on surfaces and within fixtures, fittings and appliances. A good quality water conditioner will reduce existing limescale build-up and prevent more limescale from forming, so you don’t have to worry about descaling in your home or unnecessary repairs to expensive appliances. You can learn more about how water conditioners work and how they differ from water softeners in our helpful guide here.

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Is a Water Conditioner a good investment?

Installing a good quality water conditioner will not only help to protect your home, but can actually save you money on your household bills, appliance replacement and even on household purchases such as cleaning products and detergents.


Save money on bills

Limescale is an excellent insulator so heating water requires a lot more energy when limescale is present. When you consider how often you heat water in the home (think showers, dishwashers, washing machines, kettles etc) the savings that can be achieved are considerable. In fact, just 3mm of limescale on a heating element can increase energy consumption by up to 25%! At current energy prices, the average household can expect to save up to £500 per year on their energy bills simply by treating hard water.


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Reduce appliance maintenance and replacement

When limescale builds up in an appliance, it affects its efficiency and can ultimately lead to complete failure. By treating hard water, you’re preventing limescale build-up in your appliances which means they will last for much longer.


Spend less on household purchases

When hard water is treated detergents not only become more effective, but you need less of them to achieve the same result. This applies to shampoo, washing up liquid, and any other soap or detergent you use in the home so you can expect to reduce the amount you buy. And, as you’ll no longer be cleaning limescale from your taps and surfaces, you have less cleaning to do and need fewer cleaning products in the home!

Do I Really Need a Water Conditioner?

So now that we’ve explored some of the benefits of having a good quality water conditioner installed in your home, do you really need one? 

If you live in a hard water area then yes, we’d recommend you install a device to treat your water. Not only will you achieve the benefits of better behaved water, with a Halcyan Water Conditioner, you’ll benefit from 30+ years of hard water treatment with zero maintenance or ongoing costs.

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