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Soft Water for Better Quality of Life

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Investing in a Culligan water treatment solution (http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/water-softener/) is proof that one small change can have a big impact on your home's quality, and the quality of life of the people in your home. Besides the many benefits of drinking more water, having fresher, filtered water in your house can improve appliance efficiency, cut down on cleaning time, reduces wear and tear on plumbing, and contributes in a variety of other ways around the house.

Here are some additional ways that soft water can benefit your household:

  • With a Culligan water softener, your silverware and glassware are cleaner and shinier.
  • Your hair and skin feels softer, cleaner and smoother with water treated by a water softener.
  • Hard water treated with a water softener greatly reduces housework by eliminating the formation of soap curd.
  • Hard water made soft through a water softener restores the rich lathering of your soaps and shampoos, thus reducing the usage and costs of these products by 75%.
  • Fabrics are also softer without hard minerals becoming trapped in them. Fabrics last longer and whites stay white without the dingy gray caused by hard water. Having your water softened will provide softer, brighter clothes and will extend their life as well!
  • Soft water also preserves the life of all water using appliances such as coffee and ice makers, dishwashers, and clothing washers. According to Consumer Reports, a water heater protected by a Culligan water softening system will also reduce the yearly energy cost of that appliance by 22%-29%.
  • Having a water softener in the home reduces greenhouse gases equivalent to removing one SUV from the road for one year. (Source: Consumer Reports)

So, call your local Culligan Man today to get an expert recommendation about which product is best for your household. http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/appointment/schedule-an-appointment/

Seven Reasons to Drink More Water This Winter

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Water isn’t just about staying hydrated during the dry, cold months of winter. It is truly an essential component to our overall self care from our skin to our energy level to our organs. Here are some important reasons to keep the water flowing this winter season:

  1. CLEARER SKIN
    Bodies that don’t consume enough water have a tendency toward break-outs on the skin. Drinking water helps remove impurities from our bodies. If we don’t drink enough water, these impurities have to find a new escape route… like our pores! This reason to drink more water will help you have clearer, healthier skin this winter.
      
  2. BETTER DIGESTION
    Consuming plenty of water each day helps our bodies digest the food we eat much more easily. During the winter months and holidays, many of us gain a few extra pounds. Drinking water can also reduce weight gain by helping our bodies properly process the food we consume. Drinking ice cold water is even said to help burn calories!
      
  3. ENERGY
    Did you know that the number one cause of daytime fatigue is dehydration? If you are one of those people who must have a caffeine blast mid-day, you just might be dehydrated. Without ample amounts of water, our bodily functions slow down and use up extra energy. This reason to drink more water will help you feel better during the cloudy, dreary days this winter.
      
  4. FIGHT WEIGHT GAIN
    Many times, our brains misinterpret thirst for hunger, causing us to eat unnecessarily. If you feel hungry around snack-time or shortly after a meal, try drinking a tall glass of water before grabbing a snack.
      
  5. DETOX
    Drinking more water will help to detoxify your body. Drinking water helps push impurities and waste through our bodies in order to keep us healthy and energized. As one of the best reasons to drink more water, this is especially important during the winter months when we have a tendency to be more sedentary.
      
  6. HEALTHIER & BRIGHTER SKIN
    When we don’t drink enough water, our skin becomes dehydrated just like our bodies do. Dehydrated skin has a dull, scaly appearance that can be avoided by consuming plenty of water each day. Dull skin can be even more of a problem during the winter months due to the weather. The harsh, cold winter air can chap our skin and the dry air from the heaters in our homes can dehydrate and further dull our complexions.
      
  7. WATER LOSS
    Just because you don’t sweat as much during the winter months as you do during the summer does not mean that your body isn’t losing water. During the winter, water vapor escapes from our bodies through our breath. Drinking water in the winter helps seal in the crucial hydration necessary to fight off sickness and boost immune systems.

So, stop what you are doing and grab a tall glass of water! It’s just what your body needs.

Source: Women’s Health, 2014; WebMD, 2014  

What Exactly Is Reverse Osmosis And Why Is It Such A Good Option For Treating Your Water?

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Reverse osmosis (commonly known as "RO") serves as a great (and simple) solution for purifying water and removing foreign substances.

What is "RO"?

Reverse osmosis is a process that forces water through specialized membranes and exerts a certain amount of pressure on it to remove foreign contaminants, solid substances, large molecules and minerals. Reverse osmosis is a water purification system used around the world to help improve water for drinking, cooking and other important uses.

What are the health benefits?

RO water is likely to contain fewer contaminants. Although contaminants may not be in your water, lead can be relatively common out of most taps. Especially in areas where the water pipes and infrastructure are old and are in need of repair. Too much lead in your body can lead to increased blood pressure, reduced fertility and nerve damage. Lead toxicity can also cause brain damage and anemia in children. An RO system is also great for filtering out parasites such as cryptosporidium, which is a common contaminant in lakes and rivers. Cryptosporidium infection leads to stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea.

 It tastes better!

Taste is obviously very subjective, but RO water is usually rated as better tasting than tap water by people who directly compare the two in blind taste tests, according to the National Rural Water Association. Lead, iron, nitrates, sulfur-based compounds and various chemical residues often make tap water unpalatable. The removal of these substances by reverse osmosis can give drinking water a cleaner or fresher taste.

What works best for you?

Every household and business is different. Your local Culligan Man can test your water for free, and customize a multi-stage reverse osmosis system that meets the needs of your individual water. Call today!

How to Avoid Dehydration and Be Your Best Self This Winter

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The temperatures are dropping, it's getting dark early and the air is dry, dry, dry! Winter is fast approaching.

Did you know dehydration happens just as easily in winter as in the heat of summer?  As we move around in the cold air, we may not be sweating, but water vapor is still being lost through our breath (that's the steam we see coming from your mouth in frigid temperatures!).

Winter can also accelerate dehydration because we have a survival mechanism that constricts blood vessels in cold weather, to conserve heat and maintain body temperature. As our blood vessels shrink, our blood pressure increases. To lower the pressure, our kidneys produce more urine. These more frequent trips to the bathroom can put us at a greater risk of dehydration.

Winter Dehydration is Hard on Our Health and Weight

Winter or summer, dehydration can cause exhaustion, muscle fatigue, cramps, loss of coordination and even a stroke. When dehydrated, we can also become more susceptible to winter colds and flu as our immune system is not getting the water it needs to stay strong.

Not drinking enough water can also make it harder to keep extra pounds off during the shorter days when we tend to exercise less and eat more. When hydrated, our bodies are better able to break down the fat we need to boost energy and control our appetites. (It's important to note that we often think we are hungry when we are really just thirsty). Also, if we don't drink an adequate amount of water, our bodies hold onto the water on our insides, so sufficient hydration is key to avoiding fluid retention.

Hot or Cold, Drink More Water Through the Winter

  • Aim to drink half of your body weight in fluid ounces - for example, a 140-pound woman should aim to drink 70 ounces of water per day. A great solution is to have bottled water delivered to your home and on-hand so you have a visual reminder to hydrate regularly!
  • Balance out diuretics with water. Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics (they cause more water loss through urine) so when drinking either, drink just as much water to balance the dehydrating effect. Try drinking decaffeinated coffee or tea as well.
  • Water-based foods count! Fruits and vegetables are a natural source of water, along with valuable vitamins and minerals.  Soups too, of course!
  • Cut back on sodium. Salty foods can make you excessively thirsty and can also lead to bloating.
  • Drink before, during and after exercise. This is harder because when it's cold outside you may not sweat much or feel too thirsty. But it's necessary to avoid dehydration!

This winter, keep the water flowing and stay on top of your health. Schedule an appointment with your Culligan Man today and start hydrating!

Source: TrueLemon, 2014

Looks, Tastes and Smells Good, But Is My Water Really Ok?

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The answer is: not necessarily. It is not uncommon for people to drink tap water laced with 20 or 30 chemical contaminants. The pollutants derive from a wealth of sources, including agriculture, factory discharges, consumer products, urban runoff and wastewater treatment plants. In fact, over 300,000 groundwater sites in the U.S. are contaminated.

The simple (or perhaps complicated) truth is that there are contaminants in our water that our natural senses cannot detect. They may go unnoticed by sight or smell, however they can impair bodily functions in our eyesight, livers and kidneys and cause other serious health risks such as gastrointestinal illness, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people whose immune systems are compromised because of AIDS, chemotherapy, or transplant medications, may be especially susceptible to illness from some contaminants.

It may be years before you even realize that you are in danger of contaminated water so it is critical to have your water analyzed by your local Culligan Man.

Should you have water contaminants (see list below), you can review filtration and sanitation solutions here: http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/solution-center/. By simply clicking on the issues that have been uncovered in your water analysis, you can quickly determine which product(s) will help your water get back on a safe and clean track.

Some common waterborne contaminants include:
  • Aluminum
  • Ammonia
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Cadmium
  • Chloramine
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Fluoride
  • Iron & Sulfur Bacteria
  • Lead
  • Nitrates/Nitrites
  • Mercury
  • Perchlorate
  • Radium
  • Selenium
  • Silver
  • Uranium

Sources:
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention); EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

Water Conservation at Home

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With the recent occurrence of some of the more serious droughts in recent US history, Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about how a potential water shortage could affect their lives. Many are seeking solutions for water conservation, both in and outside of their home or business.

It is essential for each and every one of us to rethink our daily water use. Here are some additional tips and recommendations that could save your household (and the environment) thousands of gallons of water annually:

Kitchen:
  • Only run the dishwasher when full
  • Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher
  • Install aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce flows to less than 1 gallon per minute
  • Soak pots and pans instead of running water while you scrape them clean
  • Use a compost rather than the garbage disposal and save gallons each time
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables in a pan of water and re-use that water to soak the plants!

Bathroom:
  • Install low-flow shower heads – this saves 2.5 gallons!
  • Take 5-minute showers instead of 10 minute shower to save gallons…
  • Fill the bathtub up only half way
  • Turn water off when brushing teeth or shaving to save up to 10 gallons/day
  • Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month 
  • Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month

Outdoors:
  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler and save up to 25 gallons/each time you water
  • Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street to save 15-12 gallons/each time you water
  • Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds. This will save you 20-30 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft. 

Efficiency is also key to water conservation. With patented smart technology that makes water softeners up to 46% more efficient than other softeners, Culligan’s Aqua-Sensors ®can be integral to your household or business water conservation solution:

http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/homes/water-softener/high-efficiency/

Source: http://saveourh2o.org

How To Know if Your Water Needs Help

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Chances are you’re not a scientist. Thankfully you don’t have to be to determine what may be ailing the water in your home.

Of course, you can just call your Culligan Man for a free water test, and not only get an answer, but also a personalized solution. However, we understand there’s a certain satisfaction in coming to a conclusion on your own.

Before you can make a determination on whether your water is compromised, you’ll need a few scientific instruments – your senses. 

That’s right. Sight, taste, smell and touch can sometimes help you determine if there are contaminants in your water. Pretty simple! But don’t be fooled. While water contamination can sometimes be spotted easily, it’ll require the help of your Culligan Man to solve what is actually a complex problem. Luckily we come armed with treatment and filtration systems tailored to your specific needs.

First, let’s see if we can spot the problem.

  • Does your water have a red, orange, yellow, brown, or cloudy appearance? That can signal iron, rust, or other contaminants in the water mains or your home plumbing. 
  • Is there a blue or green hue to your water? Corroded plumbing could be causing copper to infiltrate your water. 
Quality water should be clear and colorless. If it is clear and colorless, can you smell the problem?
  • If the water smells or taste like rotten eggs, you may have a hydrogen sulfide situation, usually caused by a certain type of bacteria. This may also lead to salty-tasting water. 
  • Does your water smell more like a pool than a glass of drinking water? Chlorine is sometimes in water for disinfection purposes, but chances are you’d rather not be drinking it. 
  • Chemicals like mercury, lead, copper, arsenic, or iron might be in your water if it has a metallic smell or taste. The chemicals could be coming from your pipes. 
Quality water should be odorless and taste refreshing. But sometimes it’s not that simple. What makes water tricky is that even clear, colorless, odorless and fresh-tasting water may have undetected problems, which is why it’s best to have your water regularly tested. 

Thankfully, Culligan has your water experts. Find yours. There is better water ahead.

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