Touchless faucets can make your kitchen or bathroom sink cleaner and easier to use. Since you don’t need to touch a handle or knob, you can turn the water on with a dish in your hand, and you won’t spread germs or bacteria to the other people in your household. If you’re remodeling your kitchen or bathroom and need a new sink, consider these benefits of hands-free faucets.
3 Reasons to Install a Touchless Faucet
A touchless faucet can use less water than a traditional one, and it can prevent the contamination of your food or hands. Here are some of the benefits of a touchless kitchen or bathroom faucet, so you can determine whether it’s the right option for your home:
1. Save Money and Energy
When you wash your hands in the sink, you use about 2 gallons of water each minute. Your kids may leave the faucet running and play with the water when they wash their hands, or someone else in the house may leave the water running as they step out of the room. As an alternative, a hands-free faucet only turns on when you need it and then turns off automatically when you’ve finished using the sink.
Instead of using a few extra seconds of water to turn off the faucet with your hand, a touchless faucet conserves water by shutting off the valve once you’ve left the sink. Over a few years, you can save hundreds of gallons of water with a touchless faucet. This conservation is better for the environment, and it helps lower your water bill each month.
2. Avoid Spreading Germs and Grime
Standard faucets can be a breeding ground for germs and grime if you don’t clean them often. When you wash your hands after using the bathroom or cooking raw food, you could leave bacteria and viruses on the handles. These germs can make their way back onto your hands or utensils. You can also transfer grime and food residue from cooking, which can get stuck on your sink’s finish.
If your faucets can turn on without the need to touch them with contaminated hands, you can prevent the spread of germs and keep your whole family healthy, especially during flu season. You also don’t need to clean touchless faucets as often as you do standard sinks because they don’t come into contact with as many germs.
3. Easily Access Water
People of all ages, including children and older adults, can easily use touchless faucets. To operate the flow of water, all you need to do is wave your hand in front of the sensor, and it turns off automatically when you’ve finished. You can place your cup under the faucet or wave your hand over the top to activate the sensor.
Touchless faucets are available in various design options, and since they rarely leak, they tend to be low maintenance. You can also control the water’s temperature and strength when you use it, giving you even more control than you would have with a standard faucet. A touchless tap allows you to use the water with a large pot in your hand, so you can boil water conveniently and take less time preparing meals.
How Do Touchless Faucets Work?
A touchless faucet turns on and off with a simple swipe of the hand. When the sensor detects motion, it signals to the valve to turn on and allow water to flow through the spout. Touchless faucets have four components that enable them to work — the sensor, solenoid valve, power source and spout:
The sensor sends the signal of motion to the valve to activate the faucet. It lets the valve know when it’s time to start or stop the water based on the presence or absence of movement. The sensor will either use infrared light or ultrasonic energy to detect movement. Infrared sensors are often at the base or lip of the spout, so they can easily detect motion without obstruction from large items.
2. Solenoid Valve
The signals of movement from the sensor engage the solenoid valve. The signal’s polarity affects whether the solenoid engages a push or pull action. The valve engages the flow of water through a rubber-like disc.
When the sensor doesn’t detect a signal, the valve remains closed so no water will flow through the faucet. As the sensor detects motion, it sends a positive message to the solenoid, which pulls the valve open and allows water to come out. The solenoid closes the valve with its push action once you move your hand away.
3. Power Source
Touchless faucets require electricity to operate, whether through using batteries or by connecting to an electrical socket in the wall. Check the packaging of your touchless system before you order it to ensure you have the proper power source for it. A battery-powered faucet keeps the solenoid valve in the open position until a power flow pushes it shut. A transformer-powered faucet has a continuous electric current that keeps the solenoid valve open.
The remaining components of a hands-free faucet are inside the spout. This piece is available in different materials and sizes, depending on the type of sink you have, your budget and the kitchen or bathroom’s current color scheme. Brass spouts are the most expensive, while zinc is most cost-effective. You may even find spouts with chrome or nickel finishes to enhance their durability and appearance.
Touch vs. Touchless Faucets
With a touch faucet, you turn the water on and off with the slight touch of your hand. Both touch and touchless faucets could be valuable for your kitchen or bathroom. If you’re trying to decide which one is better for your home, consider the pros and cons of touchless faucets and touch faucets.
You should think about a touch faucet if you want to control your tap better. A touch faucet is less likely to accidentally turn on or off when you have to physically touch it instead of making a motion in front of it. However, you can risk contaminating your touch faucet even by placing a small part of your hand on it. A touchless fixture is the better option for your kitchen or bathroom if you want a clean sink.
Contact Us About Our Touchless Faucet Options
At David LeRoy Plumbing, Inc., we offer touchless faucet installation services for your home in Central Pennsylvania. We’ll help you tackle your kitchen or bathroom remodel with a high-quality touchless faucet from Moen®, including the MotionSense™ and MotionSense Wave™. For more information about our products and services, contact us online or call us at 717-938-8214.