One of the most common home renovation projects involves upgrading key plumbing fixtures. In particular, old or outdated faucets make great candidates for replacement. You can now choose from a wealth of different faucet styles to replace your old models. For most people, the decision ultimately comes down to selecting between a single-or dual-handle faucet.
Yet a third option also exists: touchless faucets. Touchless faucets have long been used in commercial settings. Only more recently have they started to hit the residential market. If you would like to learn more about what makes a touchless faucet so compelling, keep reading. This article takes a closer look at three key benefits of touchless faucets.
1. Fewer Germs
Perhaps because faucets provide access to fresh water, many people assume that all parts of these fixtures have a naturally clean and germ-free nature. Unfortunately, this assumption couldn't be further from the truth. Faucets — and in particular, faucet handles — harbor surprisingly large amounts of bacteria and other germs.
The germy nature of a faucet makes sense when you consider how often people with dirty hands touch the handles. Kitchen faucet handles face routine exposure to raw meat and other food preparation substances, and bathroom faucets tend to be just as unhygienic. In fact, studies have shown that sinks and faucets harbor far more germs than toilet seats.
Touchless faucets eliminate the need for physical contact with dirty, germ-laden hands. As a result, these fixtures lower the rate of contract transmission, one of the principal ways in which pathogens pass from one person to another. Touchless faucets, therefore, not only keep your home cleaner, but they also keep your family healthier.
2. Reduced Water Consumption
Spurred by rising utility costs and increased environmental awareness, many homeowners have become conscious about minimizing their home's water usage in recent years. Faucets tend to play an major role in water consumption.
For example, habits like leaving the faucet running while you brush your teeth greatly inflate the amount of water your house consumes over the course of a given year. A lot of such wastage stems from simple laziness. Most people don't consider it worthwhile to turn off the faucet if they know they'll have to turn it on again in a short amount of time.
Fortunately, touchless faucets offer a simple way around this common problem. If the faucet's sensor doesn't detect movement for a certain amount of time, the water stream automatically shuts off.
Don't underestimate what a huge impact this can have on your overall water consumption. Touchless faucets may improve your water conservation by as much as 70 percent, compared to manually controlled taps.
3. Child and Disability Friendly
Not everybody in a household shares the same accessibility needs. Children, the elderly, and those with disabilities often struggle to reach and/or manipulate standard faucet handles. As a result, such individuals may not enjoy the same access to fresh water as other members of your family.
A touchless faucet eliminates many of the accessibility barriers associated with traditional faucets. Those with limited mobility will find it easier than ever to turn on the water. A touchless faucet also makes a great choice for adults struggling with dementia or memory loss. For reasons outside their control, such people often forget to turn off traditional faucets.
As technology continues to advance in leaps and bounds, homeowners can capitalize on new ways to improve comfort and increase household efficiency. Touchless faucets, in particular, offer numerous benefits to a home.
For more information about other ways to increase the convenience and performance of your home's plumbing system, don't hesitate to reach out to our experts at ABC Drain & Plumbing.