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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Water Softener?

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Old. Outdated. Inefficient. Costly.

None of those sound appealing, do they? We didn’t think so. When is the last time you checked to make sure your water softener didn’t fall under any of those categories? Now is as good a time as any.

For starters, a water softener should be inspected once a year to assure it’s running properly and efficiently. If it is, you’re going to reap the benefits, the largest of which is soft water. But along with that soft water comes lower water and electric bills, easier cleaning, softer skin, hair and laundry, better-tasting water, and sparkling dishes.

But if your softener is old and inefficient, it’s time to think about an upgrade. The modern technology found in a high efficiency water softener is going to make an even bigger difference you can feel at home and in your wallet. The Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener, for example, is the world’s most efficient water softener. Why? Check out the benefits:

  • Low Maintenance - Automatic service notifications sent directly to your Culligan Man.
  • Lower Bills - Spend less every month on energy, water, detergents, shampoo, and more.
  • More Control - Custom water softness where you want it, automatically adjusted for how you use it most.


Not sure if you need an upgrade? Follow this three-step process to figure it out:

First, look at your costs. Take a peek at your water and electric bills and your salt usage. Are you buying more salt because you have to fill the tank more often? If you’re seeing costs creep up, you’re using excess water. That’s a pretty big sign that your water softener is not as efficient as it could be.

Then, have your water softener inspected. Call your local Culligan Man. He’ll inspect your water softener and test your home’s water quality. If there’s an issue, he’ll be able to provide you with solutions.

And lastly, make sure you understand modern technology. Water softeners used to be sized for the number of people in a home. Have your kids moved away to college? Are there fewer people using water at home? Your softener may be using more water and electricity than necessary. The Culligan HE can monitor for changes in water consumption, adjusting automatically.

Hustling Up the Hancock, Bottled Water in Hand

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What does climbing, lungs and water have in common? The 17th Annual Hustle Up the Hancock, of course! Over 4,000 people will be racing to the top of the John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago this weekend for a noteworthy cause. Partnering with the Respiratory Health Association (RHA), Culligan International is the official bottled water sponsor for Hustle Up the Hancock this Sunday, April 13th.

Culligan will provide bottled water for climbers as they race up 94 floors to the top of the John Hancock Center in an effort to raise money for lung disease research, advocacy and education. Last year, over 2,500 participants indicated they or someone they know has been touched by a form of lung disease, showing how necessary RHA’s research really is.

Good luck to all the climbers! For those who will be climbing, don’t forget to look for the “Hey Culligan Man” team at the top! Cheers to clean water and healthy lungs!

6 Reasons Water Is The Perfect Beverage

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The average human body is 75% water. Blood is 92% water. Muscles are 75% water. Bones are 22% water. Long story short, water is a BIG part of the human body, literally. In case you are still leery of increasing your water intake (or simply forget to drink enough), here are some reasons to drink up:
 
  1. Boost Weight Loss
    Drinking cold water can speed up your metabolism and burn more calories. Weight loss supplement anyone? 
  2. Improve Organ Function
    Getting enough H2O prevents toxins and acid waste from creating an environment for bacteria to thrive in your bladder and kidney. 
  3. Say Goodbye To Fatigue
    Water is the most vital source of energy in the body. Lack of it causes tiredness and fatigue.
  4. Look Younger
    Drinking plenty of water helps moisturize skin. When chronically dehydrated, the body’s largest organ, the skin, begins to wrinkle and wither prematurely.
  5. Health Issues Be Gone
    Asthma? Allergies? High blood pressure? All of these issues can be improved when you keep yourself hydrated. 
  6. Hello Brain Function
    Water is a natural headache remedy… those pesky head pains are often caused by dehydration.
 
So have a nice cool glass of water as soon as you awaken! Water, it does a body better than any other beverage out there! 
 
 

Drink Up, Kids

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Remember as a kid how much you loved drinking sugary beverages like soda, lemonade and fruit juice? Children today are still consuming those same beverages except now the variety of choices has increased (so has the marketing). Unfortunately, those delicious, sugar-filled drinks aren’t always the best beverage choices for children (or adults). 

Most adults enjoy indulging in sweetened beverages but are also aware of the importance of drinking plenty of water (eight glasses a day is ideal), but are you ensuring your children take part in this effort? Truth be told, children are less likely to consume water according to a recent study done by The NPD Group. Children tend to drink soft drinks or milk during meals and fruit-type drinks in between meals.

According to http://sugarydrinkfacts.org, a 12-ounce can of soda typically contains 10.5 teaspoons of sugar and there are at least 15 grams of sugar per serving in two-thirds of the drinks marketed to children. This means that children get their TOTAL daily intake of sugar in one sweet drink alone. That’s A LOT of sugar, and it has its side effects. Sugary beverages are a major contributor to childhood obesity and double the risk of dental problems in children according to http://kickthecan.info

So start replacing those oh so desirable sugary drinks with water. If your children don’t like the taste of water, add some lemon or lime for flavor or try feeding them more fruits and vegetables, which are chock-full with water. Children need plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy, so next time they are thirsty, help them hit the tap!

Culligan’s First Female Culligan Dealer Passes Away at 105

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Lucille With Emett CulliganThere's plenty more to Culligan's legacy than water filtration.

Without the men and women who've developed the company and its expertise in the industry, Culligan would be little more than a brand name. Last month, the Culligan system lost one of its longtime greats, Lucille Neubert.

Lucille, who passed away on December 12 at the age of 105, became Culligan's first female franchise owner in 1939 when she and her husband, Merle Sophy, acquired the Mankato, Minnesota dealership from Culligan's founder, Emmett J. Culligan. At the time, it was just the ninth franchise in the country.

The dealership in Mankato has remained in the family for three generations.

Lucille was twice widowed before marrying Clarence Neubert and settling in Arizona. Lucille's son, Michael Sophy, who remains part owner of Culligan of Mankato along with his son, said his mother was an avid gardener and pianist, and loved to travel the world.

Culligan International is grateful for its Culligan men and women, and thanks Lucille's family for their years of dedicated service. She'll be missed within the Culligan family.

New Year, New You

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The excitement of a "fresh start" has just begun, and in the midst of it all is the need for resolutions; whether it's trying something new or bettering something in our lives. One resolution that everyone should strongly consider though is adding more water to their daily routine.

While many are aware of the benefits of water to all aspects of life, there are quite a few specific to one's health and well-being. Here are a few to help you get started:

  • Helps You Lose Weight:  Replace high calorie beverages with water, decreasing calorie intake
  • Adds Shine to Hair: At the end of your shower, rinse hair with cool water to add shine
  • Makes You Smarter: Drink enough a day and it will increase oxygen levels to brain, improving cognitive performance
  • Reduces Anxiety/Stress: Use a water feature (think tabletop water fountain) on your desk at work to calm your mood
  • Improves Sleep: Soak in a hot bath before bedtime to increase relaxation
  • Increases Energy/Minimizes Fatigue: Drinking plenty of H20 helps organs function properly and prevents dehydration, giving you more vitality  
  • Keeps You Young: Keep skin moisturized and reduce wrinkles by drinking at least 8 glasses a day

Water has so many perks, including making YOU a healthier version of yourself. So whether you've decided to learn a new language, exercise more often or perhaps travel more in 2014, adding water into the equation can only benefit you and your livelihood! Drink up!

 

Conserve, Conserve, Conserve in 2014

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The New Year is a time to reflect on the past and focus on the future. We all have our resolutions for the new year… lose weight, pay off debt, exercise more, get promoted, etc., but has your resolution ever been to conserve? It could entail turning off the lights when you leave a room, recycling more or maybe even learning to use less water. While some of these are good for the environment, some are also good for your wallet.

The average person in North America uses 80-100 gallons of water each day according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). To put things in perspective, it takes 36 gallons of water to fill a tub for a bath or two gallons per minute in the shower. That's a lot of water going down the drain each day. So what can you do to help save water and ensure future generations don't encounter a water crisis?

Here are a few tips*:

  • Use the dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand
  • Designate one glass for your drinking water every day or refill a water bottle
  • Wash dark clothes in cold water, it saves water and energy, not to mention it helps retain the color of your clothing
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth (it can save up to four gallons per minute)
  • Keep your shower under five minutes (and save up to 1,000 gallons per month)
  • Water your summer lawn once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days

Culligan can be the key to your water conservation success in 2014! They have the expertise and tools to get you on track for the new year.   

*Water tips courtesy of www.wateruseitwisely.com.

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