The water supply that we have in our household can affect us in many ways that we might not even be aware of. Living with hard water is not impossible but its detrimental impacts should make you consider getting a water softener. Hard water affects our hair and skin, making it drier and more irritable, plus some types of hard water also have a certain odor cannot be eliminated.
Hard water also causes other problems like decreasing the lifespan of our water using appliances thanks to the deposits that accumulate overtime, so appliances like our water heaters, washing machines and even shower heads lose their lifespan and start lagging in performance overtime. Getting a water softener is always a good idea but it is important that you are aware of what they can and cannot do as well.
A water softener will not remove any harmful bacteria from your water since its purpose is to only remove the ions that cause hardness in water. The water should be free of harmful bacteria from the start, the presence or absence of a water softener will not change that in any way. You need to get your water tested for harmful bacteria and in case you do find anything that raises concern, you should get the water treated, filtered and/or contact the concerned authorities.
A water softener will not be able to entirely remove any bad odor or taste in your water in certain cases. While they can remove the taste of iron, they cannot remove the taste of “rotten eggs” that is a result of hydrogen sulfide accumulation. There are specific filters and treatments for water taste and odor and you can have your plumber look into it so that they can tell you which kind of treatment will help your case.