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The Latest in Kitchen Faucet Design

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Choosing a kitchen faucet design can be a daunting task for many homeowners. Perhaps you’re in the middle of a home makeover, or just want to spruce up your kitchen with a few upgrades. In either case, you must choose a new faucet, which requires a little homework before you make a purchase. If you’ve ever wandered down the plumbing aisle at your local home improvement center, you probably noticed there are literally hundreds of models and styles to choose from. The following post will introduce you to some of the newest faucet technology that is available today.

Touchless Kitchen Faucets

Touchless faucets are at the top of this list for a reason, as they include the most advanced features available in kitchen faucet design and function. Moen’s Motion Sense faucets incorporate motion-sensing technology that allows you to activate the faucet with a simple wave of your hand. Not only does this feature help you avoid contact with dirty hands, it also reduces the transmission of germs and bacteria. Certain models also include a sensor that activates the faucet when you place your hand, dish or glass under the spout. You can still activate the faucet and adjust water temperature the old-fashioned way, by turning the handle.

Touch-to-Activate Faucets

Another option to consider is Delta’s Touch20 faucet technology, which requires you to touch the faucet on the spout or handle to activate the flow of water. Although you must touch the faucet to activate it, the feature still helps to keep your faucet clean and reduces germ transmission versus traditional faucets. As with the touchless model mentioned above, you can also operate the faucet manually by turning the knob or handle.

How they Work

These unique faucets operate and install the same way as traditional kitchen faucets. During installation, your plumber will connect both a hot and cold water supply line to the faucet body. Since the touchless and touch-to-activate features require battery operation, a small battery pack is installed under the sink to power the sensors. The battery pack is included with the faucet, and when the batteries fail, you can still operate the faucet manually.

Important Considerations

Once activated, both of the faucet types mentioned here will provide water flow with hot and cold temperatures based on the position of the faucet handle. The Delta TempSense model includes an LED light that changes color to alert you to the water temperature to reduce the chance of accidental scalding.

For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Touchless Faucets: Why You Should Consider This Kitchen or Bathroom Upgrade

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Touchless faucets incorporate a technology that is both a convenient and beneficial addition to both your kitchen and bathroom areas. In addition, the energy efficient faucets conserve freshwater as well as help to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs. If you’re interested in upgrading to the latest features in bathroom and kitchen fixtures, consider touchless faucets for your home.

About Touch Technology
There is a variety of touchless faucet styles and finishes to choose from that blend with any kitchen or bathroom d├ęcor. You’ll also have the option of choosing faucets that feature either a touch or sensory option.

The Touchless Sensory System
The sensory system features sensors that detect movement. This can include moving your hand back and forth underneath the spigot, which is the type used in many public restrooms.

Touchless faucets are also available with what is known as a “sensing field”. With this style, if you come within a certain radius of the faucet, sensors activate and turn on the water automatically. When you move away from the designated area, the sensors deactivate and turn the water off.

The Touch System
With the touch system, you can use your hand, finger, arm or elbow to “touch” the faucet spout or neck to turn the water on and off. This is especially helpful if you need to use your hands for other tasks, such as rinsing vegetables or rinsing lathered hands and need easy access to water.

Benefits of Touchless Faucets
First and foremost, touchless faucets provide a high level of convenience as well as significant energy efficiency. Along with these two features, the faucets also provide these benefits to the kitchen or bathroom.

  • When working with raw meat in the kitchen, you don’t want to pass on germs to the faucet handle. The same benefit is true if you need to rinse messy hands and you don’t want to get the handle dirty with gunk or grime. A touchless faucet eliminates the problem.
  • Germs and bacteria can last for an extended period even with the most diligent cleaning routine. Eliminate the possibility of contaminating the faucet with bacteria or germs that may be present.
  • In homes with multiple household members, faucets receive a workout throughout the day and night. The more the handle is turned, the more wear and tear to the internal components, which results in the need for repair or replacement.
  • With a sensor system, you’ll save money on your water bill and conserve a natural resource. A good example of water abuse is allowing the faucet to run while brushing your teeth. On average, a traditional faucet allowed to run continuously can use up to 2 gallons of water per minute. With the tap turned off, you’ll use approximately .25 gallons.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.