If you want to modernize your home, consider installing touchless plumbing fixtures during your kitchen or bathroom renovation. No-touch faucets and toilets can add value to your property and keep it clean. This guide can help you find the best touchless faucets and toilets for your living space.
What Are Touchless Fixtures?
Touchless fixtures use motion sensors to control the flow of water instead of handles or buttons. Consider the characteristics of touchless faucets and toilets.
- Touchless faucet: A touchless tap uses a proximity sensor to turn the water on and off. When your hand comes close to the sensor, the water flows for a few seconds to allow you to wash your hands or fill a glass. Most automatic faucets run on battery power and have an infrared sensor that detects motion. Even though they originally became popular in commercial settings, you can install them in your kitchen or bathroom.
- Touchless toilet: Like touchless faucets, touchless toilets use hand-free technology to activate the flush. The sensor that automatically flushes the toilet may either be on the top or side. In case the sensor doesn’t work, the system also comes with a manual button.
Reasons to Install Touchless Fixtures
If you’re thinking about installing touchless features, here are some of the ways they can enhance your bathroom or kitchen:
- Convenient: Instead of pulling a knob or pushing down on a handle, you can wave your hand in front of a sensor to activate the water. Having a touchless faucet in the kitchen makes it easier to fill a pot of water or wash raw meat off your hands.
- Clean and safe: A kitchen faucet tends to feature grimy food residue or food-borne bacteria that can quickly spread to each person who uses it. Everyone flushing the toilet also shares the germs on their hands with one another. With touchless plumbing fixtures, you don’t have to use your hands to turn on the water. As a result, you can reduce your risk of spreading and contracting bacteria to keep you and your family safe from illnesses.
- Energy-efficient: If you have to turn off the faucet with your hands, you could waste gallons of water a day by keeping it on a few seconds longer. Touchless plumbing fixtures allow you to use fewer resources by turning off after it doesn’t detect motion and distributing enough water for each use. As a result of saving water, you can also save money on your monthly water bill.
- Modern: You may enjoy having a futuristic, eye-catching touchless faucet or toilet in your living space. With a wide selection of new technology, colors and materials, you can find plumbing fixtures that complement your bathroom and kitchen aesthetic.
- User friendly: A touchless faucet and toilet are safe and comfortable for people of all ages to use. Children and older adults are less likely to break or mishandle the handles, and if they forget to flush the toilet, the sensor detects their motion and activates the flush.
How to Choose a Touchless Faucet
You can install a touchless faucet in the kitchen or bathroom. To choose a bathroom faucet, consider the aesthetic and size of this part of your house. The best touchless kitchen faucet is one that helps you prepare food and wash your hands more conveniently.
These factors can help you with how to choose a faucet:
- Part of the house: You can either install a touchless faucet in the kitchen or bathroom. To choose a bathroom faucet, consider the aesthetic and size of this part of your house. The best touchless kitchen faucet is one that helps you prepare food and wash your hands more conveniently.
- Color and finish: The design of your faucet should complement your other bathroom or kitchen fixtures. Most touchless faucets are available in various metal finishes to coordinate with your shower or appliances. Since touchless fixtures are less likely to have fingerprint smudges, consider a high shine metal finish that’s easy to clean.
- Water flow rate: A faucet’s flow rate tells you how many gallons per minute (GPM) it produces when you turn it on. If you want an efficient product that doesn’t use a lot of water, consider investing in one with a lower GPM.
- Brand: As you think about which type of touchless faucet would be best for your kitchen or bathroom, choose a brand based on your budget and design preferences. Different companies offer many unique technologies and design options. You might also want to read reviews online to determine which ones have the best quality and long-lasting value.
- Power supply: The sensor operates either through a battery or an alternating current (AC) transformer. Even though battery-operated faucets cost less money, you may have to replace the batteries several times a month. If you don’t have an electric connection near your sink, you may have to choose a battery-operated faucet. Consider investing in rechargeable batteries to save money on resources.
- Control options: You may want to install a touchless faucet with manual override if the automatic sensor stops working. To complement your bathroom or kitchen design, you can also install a fixture with decorative handles. Consider investing in a touchless faucet with more than one sensor for enhanced accuracy.
- Additional features: Besides your touchless faucet’s control options, you may also want to install a fixture with voice activation that pairs with your connected home device. Some touchless faucets also let you create custom presets and set shortcut commands. Keep in mind that any additional features will most likely increase your faucet’s cost.
How to Choose a Touchless Toilet
Consider some of these characteristics to help you find the best touchless toilets:
- Brand: You can choose from several brands that manufacture touchless toilets. It may help to check the ratings and prices of the top products you see online to find out which one is best for your property.
- Water efficiency: Every time you flush the toilet, you use a certain number of GPM based on your toilet’s efficiency. Consider investing in an energy-efficient plumbing fixture that features more flush power and uses less water.
- Bowl shape: Toilet bowls are typically either round or elongated. A round toilet bowl could fit better in a small bathroom, but an elongated toilet bowl tends to be more comfortable.
- Height of seat: Comfort height seating is a few inches taller than a standard toilet bowl so you can get up and sit down more conveniently. Besides enhancing its comfort, your toilet bowl’s height also makes it more accessible for others to use.
Contact Us to Install Touchless Faucets
At David Leroy Plumbing, we specialize in repairing and replacing plumbing fixtures, including touchless and energy-efficient ones. We provide Moen® MotionSense™ and MotionSense Wave™ touchless faucets, along with Sloan® touchless toilet technology. For more information about our products and services, you can contact us online or call 717-938-8214.