Do you have Hard Water?

If you live in the Region of Waterloo or around Brant County, then the answer is yes.  Most of the cities and towns around the region have water containing over 20 grains of hardness per Gallon.  As you can see by the list below, that is extremely hard water.

Water Hardness Range Classification

Soft 0 – 1 grains per gallon

Slightly Hard 1 – 3.5 grains per gallon

Moderately Hard 3.5 – 7.0 grains per gallon

Hard 7.0 – 10.5 grains per gallon

Very Hard over 10.5 grains per gallon

What is Hard Water?

Hard water results from high levels of calcium and magnesium in your water supply.  It is the most common water problem in North America.

Is Hard Water harmful?

Generally, hard water is safe for consumption.  However, it can be very detrimental to appliances, hot water heaters, faucets & plumbing, costing consumers thousands of dollars a year in repairs and replacement costs.

Hard water requires you to use more soap and cleaning products.

Studies show you use up to eight times more soap with hard water than with soft water and things aren’t as clean. The minerals in hard water cling to soap particles, sticking to everything and leaving behind soap scum and bathtub rings. Your TA Appliance Specialist can show you how a water softener can mean less time scrubbing your bathroom appliances and fixtures.  By reducing soap and detergent use, you will not only save time and money, but the environment as well. Most detergent is petroleum-based. Imagine a planet with less of the six billion dollars worth of laundry detergent we pour down our drains every year!

Hard water leaves spots on your dishes, glassware and other household surfaces.
If your dishwasher leaves spots, it’s not your soap, it’s your water. Hard water minerals cling to glasses for all to see. Don’t change your soap, change your water! Your TA Appliance Specialist can show you how a water softener can help you reduce your dishwasher detergent use and eliminate spots on your glasses.

Hard water leads to higher electric and gas bills.

Over time the heating elements in your water heater get coated with minerals from your hard water. In many cases they can form a thick pile of mineral sludge in the bottom of your water heater. That sludge covers the heating element reducing its efficiency. The sludge can also cause the heating element to fail, requiring expensive repairs.

Hard water shortens the life of your appliances.

Hard water minerals coat everything. In dishwashers they coat the heating element, plug the wash mechanisms and shorten the life of the appliance. They cause similar problems in dishwashers, washing machines and even coffee pots! Eliminate hard water minerals and increase the life of your appliances with a water softener.

Many Municipalities provide their residents with information on water hardness.  The Region of Waterloo has a great resource web site about Hard Water and Water Softeners.

Start saving money today by installing an Aqua Master Water Softener from Greg at TA Applances & Barbecues in BrantfordOntario. Henry StreetBrantford On.

Do you know what Induction Cooking is?

Think of it as the culinary equivalent of a smart phone. Once you’ve tapped on a high-powered induction unit and watched it fire up so fast that there’s no time to chop an onion, who’s going back to slow-poke electric or unruly gas? Using magnetic coils to heat the pan, not the surface, induction saves energy and precious minutes.
Since the burner stays cool, there’s less heat in the kitchen and fewer burnt spills—and fingertips. With improved pricing, induction cooktops are moving from cult to mass-market status.  Still, they take getting used to. For one, you may need new cookware. You’ll need flat-bottom cookware with enough iron to hold a magnet—some stainless steel qualifies.  Certain manufacturers run rebates from time to time where they offer a free set of cookware with the purchase of an induction product, making the switch to induction very affordable.  An induction cooker is faster and more energy efficient than a traditional electric cooking surface. It allows instant control of cooking energy similar to gas burners. Other cooking methods use flames or red-hot heating elements; induction heating heats only the pot. Because the surface of the cook top is heated only by contact with the vessel, the possibility of burn injury is significantly less than with other methods. The induction effect does not directly heat the air around the vessel, resulting in further energy efficiencies.  Check out this great demonstration video.

Start cooking more efficiently and safely today with Greg  from  TA Applances & Barbecues in Brantford Ontario.

195 Henry Street Brantford On.

About Greg Bertram

Greg has over 20 years experience in retail, specializing in customer service.  He has great ability to listen to customer needs and assess which appliances will meet those needs, at the same time getting the customer value for their dollar.  Contact Greg today for your appliance needs –