Thursday, September 11, 2014

Noteworthy Faucet Technology for Kitchens & Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms today have far more choices than those of years past. With advancement of technology, not only have finish and style choices become plentiful, but also other details that make a difference in comfort and costs around the home. Here are some noteworthy advancements in kitchen and bathroom faucets worth considering – and these are just a few of the many options available, which we’ll be glad to go over with you in more detail.

Touch Faucets

One of the most well-known new faucet technology solutions is the touch-to-start variety. You’ve probably seen the commercial advertising Delta’s Touch2O®Technology, where the multitude of people with messy hands simply tap the faucet with a wrist or elbow to start the flow of water. Touch technology can be a great advantage in kitchens and bathrooms, cutting down on contamination and generally just making things a bit easier - especially when your hands are full. Similar to Delta’s Touch2O Technology, you’ll also find brands incorporating SmartTouch® or other similar solutions.

Sensor Faucets

Designed to conserve water and promote a healthy, sanitary environment, these hands-free faucets dispense only the amount of water users need. What’s more, they don’t all require batteries, so in many cases, there is no need for replacement and no need to worry about battery waste. Technological advancements have allowed companies such as TOTO to offer EcoPower® Sensor Faucets for bathrooms to create faucet solutions that automatically power the flow of water. As for temperature – no need to worry about that. In most cases with sensor faucets, water temperature and flow cycle (as well as detection distance) are preset by you to ensure minimal water waste and no scalding hot or freezing cold shocks – unless of course that’s what you prefer.

Water Efficiency Faucets

When it comes to efficiency, technological advancements have allowed manufacturers to create solutions which eliminate wastefulness – which helps the environment and keeps money in homeowners’ pockets. One thing you can look for if you’re in the market for a new efficient bathroom faucet or faucet accessories is the WaterSense® label. Products donning the WaterSense label have completed a certification process to make sure they meet EPA criteria to save water. As the EPA website states, “WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucets and accessories that use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute can reduce a sink’s water flow by 30 percent or more from the standard flow of 2.2 gallons per minute without sacrificing performance.”

Efficient kitchen faucets are also available today - such as Delta’s kitchen faucets that have a flow rate of 1.8 gpm vs. the standard 2.2gpm (gallons per minute) and GROHE WaterCare® kitchen products certified at 1.5gpm by IAPMO R&T - to name a couple.

As we mentioned earlier, technology has allowed for the development of so many smart options when it comes to your faucets – both kitchen and bathroom (or anywhere else you have a sink). While some options may cost more upfront, they tend to pay for themselves over time in conveniences and less water waste. Are they for you? That’s for you to decide. Feel free to browse through our faucet catalogs for ideas, but we also encourage you to reach out to us directly. Let our experts know your thoughts, and we’ll help you find solutions that work for you.

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