Faucet Technology for Kitchens
When you are ready for a remodel or a new build and you want the latest faucets, the plumbers at Scott English Plumbing want you to know about your choices. The kitchen faucet has become rather high-tech and your choices have grown exponentially. You can choose from different styles and finishes to enhance your decor and you can add other details to make your kitchen faucet more interesting and easy to use. These are a few of the more memorable advances in kitchen faucets. If you are interested in learning more or you want to add one to your kitchen, let us know and we can help answer any questions you might have.
Here are some of the latest advances in kitchen faucet technology:
High Efficiency Faucets
Going green is just as important in plumbing as it is in all other home improvement categories. Faucet manufacturers have taken note of homeowners’ desires to use less water, so they have developed faucets that reduce wastefulness in the sink. By using less water, homeowners have more money to spend on things other than water usage. When you are looking for a water efficient faucet, you should look for the WaterSense® label. This label denotes that a faucet has been tested by the EPA and meets the government’s standards for saving water. There are several different designs of kitchen faucets that use a 1.8 gallons per minute flow rate instead of the 2.2 gallons per minute rate of low efficiency faucets. There are even a few products that have a 1.5 gallons flow rate that can significantly reduce the amount of water you use on a monthly basis. Many people who install high efficiency faucets see at least a 30% reduction in their water use each month. High efficiency faucets can also be installed in bathrooms. All of the high efficiency faucets perform at a high level, so you will not even notice the reduce water flow.
You may have seen these on television. Touch faucets have changed the way that people are using their kitchen faucets. With our advanced knowledge of germs and bacteria, being able to touch the faucet to turn it on, rather than having to grab the faucet has made kitchen less messy. You no longer have to put your grimy hands on the faucet; now, you can touch the faucet with an elbow, wrist, or other body part and the water will begin running. This technology has reduced contamination from raw meats, sneezes, and just plain dirty hands. It has also made it easier for people with full hands to turn on the water. Different companies offer different styles and finishes in this convenient, hands-free design.
This type of faucet offers the best of both worlds. With a sensor faucet, you get a hands-free faucet that only dispenses as set amount of water. The faucets do require an electrical source – some work on battery power and others can be hardwired. These faucets turn on like a touch faucet, but they turn off automatically to keep the water flow at a low level. Sensor faucets will adjust for temperature, so you do not have to wash your hands with cold water. The temperatures are set in advance as so is the flow timing, so you do not have to worry about wasting water. If you are worried about your children burning their hands, you can set the temperature to never get to that degree of heat.
Let Us Help You Decide
These three types of faucets are available for kitchens and baths, as well as other places in the home where you have sinks. They are all slightly more expensive that the traditional faucets, but the convenience of the touch sink and the reduced water flow from the high-efficiency and sensor faucets compensate for the increased prices. Our experts at Scott English Plumbing can help you make a decision about the best choice for your new kitchen faucet. Contact us online or give us a call at (714) 987-9801 or (949) 293-2037