(BPT) - Water is crucial to your life in so many ways. You drink water, bathe in it, use it for preparing and cooking food, plus washing the clothes you wear each day. In fact, about 60% of your body is water, so it's not surprising that water often becomes a top focus when you're looking for ways to improve your health.
If you're concerned about the water you drink and use in your home, you're not alone. Frequent news stories report problems around the country involving lead, chemicals or other impurities found in tap water. You may have heard about hard and soft water and wondered what kind your house has, and what problems could arise due to hard water. And even if you think your drinking water tastes fine, how can you really know that it's safe and healthy for your family?
Here are ways you can use smart technology to improve your home's water for a healthier lifestyle - while also conserving water to help the planet and keep expenses down.
Know your water
It's important to know whether your water has unsafe levels of contaminants, including viruses or bacteria, that could potentially harm your family. In addition, if you have hard water (containing high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium), this can affect the health and condition of your hair and skin, plus how well your clothes are washed and how they feel against your skin.
Hard water reduces the effectiveness of soaps and detergents and also leaves residue, making your skin and hair dull and dry. Hard water minerals can also build up in your pipes and water-using appliances, causing problems down the road. These issues may cause water-using appliances to be less efficient and need repair/replacement more often. Switching to soft water can resolve these problems, and result in a 50% decrease in purchases of soap, lotion and detergent.
It is impossible to know what's in your water without getting it tested. Water industry trailblazer Culligan Water makes it easy to test your water for everything from heavy metals, chemical compounds and minerals to its pH level, harmful bacteria and viruses, or other microorganisms. Testing will help determine if your home would benefit from a whole-house water filtration system, a reverse osmosis system (a more comprehensive filtration system focused on drinking water) and/or a water softener to improve its quality and cleanliness.
Use smart water service features
Culligan has evolved to provide the latest technology to meet consumer needs since it was founded 85 years ago. Innovative products such as smart water softeners and filtration systems can connect to your home's Wi-Fi network to help you optimize these services remotely using a smartphone app. These smart systems monitor water quality and usage while making it easy to stay on top of needed maintenance and timely filter replacements to help keep your water in great condition, every day. You can also prevent water damage from other nearby appliances and save on water bills by using their smart leak detection accessories.
Find answers to your water questions
If you have any questions about water, you can now chat with the first-ever AI WaterBot, Cullie - the latest technological innovation from Culligan that uses ChatGPT conversational capabilities to answer your questions, providing 24/7 educational support about everything water-related and helping you connect with a Culligan service representative when you need more information.
Cullie takes service to the next level by answering any questions you may have about water to make sure you have the best quality water possible for your family.
Opt for smart appliances
Another way to help conserve water - while also ensuring that the appliances you rely on will last longer - is to choose smart dishwashers, clothes washers and water heaters when you're in the market for new units. Smart appliances allow you to better control how they work, ensuring that the dishes you eat from and the clothes you wear every day are properly cleaned and sanitized for optimal health. Smart water heaters make it easier to control the maximum water temperature, which saves on energy bills and helps prevent burns from overly hot water - an important safety feature if you have children in your home.
Using the latest smart technology can help your family by efficiently and effectively improving your water while also providing peace of mind. Visit Culligan.com/Cullie to get started today.
 Contaminants may not be present in your water.