Touchless faucets are designed to make your sinks cleaner and easier to use. They can be installed in kitchens or bathrooms, so whether you're washing your hands or dishes, you won't have to worry about spreading germs to other people in your house. If you're planning to remodel your Burnaby kitchen, bathroom, or entire home, read on to find out why you should consider installing hands-free faucets first.
Most people used to think of touchless faucets as commercial fixtures. These days, though, they're becoming increasingly popular in residential homes. Here are three reasons why you might want to jump on board with this growing trend:
Running a sink to wash hands or dishes can use up to two gallons of water per minute. Even if you're careful about how much water you use, kids, guests, or other family members may not exercise the same level of care and may leave the water running for too long. Touchless faucets eliminate this issue since they turn on and off automatically.
Even extremely water-conscious people who turn the faucet on only while they are actively using the sink can still wind up wasting a surprising amount of water over time. Remember, it takes at least a few seconds to turn the water on and off using a traditional faucet. Over the years, those extra seconds add up to wasted water and higher than necessary monthly bills. In other words, saving water isn't just about helping the environment and conserving money.
Standard faucets are often covered in germs and other contaminants, especially if they aren't cleaned as often. Remember, while people walk away from sinks with clean hands, they walk up to them and turn them on with dirty ones. As a result, the bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants people pick up when they use the bathroom or handle raw food can get left behind to be transferred to the next person using the sink.
If residents and guests can turn the faucet on without touching anything, they'll be far less likely to spread germs and grime. It won't matter anymore if you don't clean the sink and faucets every day since nobody will need to touch anything or risk coming into contact with germs.
Using standard faucets may not seem challenging to the average healthy adult. However, it can be a problem for children or elderly adults living in the household. Problems with motor control won't get in the way of using touchless faucets. Users wave a hand in front of the sensor, wash up, and walk away.
Touchless faucets are also easy to maintain. They come in many different designs, rarely leak, and require less frequent maintenance than the traditional faucet. High-quality touchless faucets also offer more control over water temperature and pressure than their traditional counterparts. Plus, if you install a touchless faucet in the kitchen, you won't even have to put down pots when you fill them up with water to boil.
Touchless faucets turn on and off when users swipe their hands in front of the sensors. The sensor detects motion and signals the valve to turn on, allowing water to flow out of the spout. These innovatively designed faucets require four components to work as intended:
The sensor picks up movement and signals the valve that activates the faucet when people place hands, cups, pots, or other objects in front of it. If the movement stops, the sensor signals the valve to shut back off. Some models use infrared light to detect movement, while others use ultrasonic energy, but they all work the same way.
The solenoid valve controls water flow by engaging in a push or a pull action. The valve then moves a rubber-like disc, allowing water to flow when needed and stopping it when it's not.
Most touchless faucets are connected to the home's electrical system, though battery-operated models are also available. Check the specifications before purchasing a new touchless faucet to ensure the right power source will be available.
You can find all the remaining parts of a touchless faucet in its spout. Spouts come in different sizes and materials, so you should have no problem finding one that matches your bathroom or kitchen's decor and your household's budget. Zinc is usually the most cost-effective option, while brass, chrome, and nickel finishes tend to be more durable and attractive but also more expensive.
Touch faucets require users to turn them on and off with their hands, while touchless ones work using sensors. Both are effective options for bathrooms and kitchens, but these days, more homeowners than ever are opting for touchless models over traditional touch faucets.
If you want better control over your tap, greater water efficiency, and a lower risk of contamination, you should consider touchless faucets. A traditional touch model might be a better fit if budget is your only concern. Either way, it's worth reaching out to our Burnaby plumbers for help choosing the right fixtures. If you live in the Burnaby, New Westminster, or Coquitlam area, you'll get all the help you need from our reliable plumbers.
Regarding faucet installation, we can do it all at New West Plumbing. We offer touchless faucet installations, repairs, and maintenance to meet your traditional plumbing needs. If you're considering a touchless faucet, reach out online or by phone for information about our plumbing services. One of our plumbers in Burnaby will help you choose the right option for your kitchen or bathroom.