The Convenience of Automatic Faucets

When your hands are tied up with other matters or you simple don't like the idea of possibly spreading germs around the home, the answer may well be automatic faucets in the bathroom or the kitchen. They used to be the sole realm of commercial locations but they are becoming more of a common sight in domestic locations too. Although they supply a lot more functionality the good news is that installation will not involve any more work than the standard plumbing.

The obvious convenience that you get with automatic faucets is that you don't have to turn the knowbs or handles yourself. This is the most common spread of germs throughout the house and by eliminating the need to touch them it takes that risk out of the equation.

By controlling when they turn off and on merely by the motion in front of the sensor the water wastage is greatly reduced. You can also pre-set the water temperature so that every time you want the water it will be available at a perfect temperature.

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The hygienic benefits or autamatic faucets over traditional faucets is quite great too. There have been studies that have shown that the greatest concentration of germs in the home is in sinks and surrounding areas in the home.

From the perspective of how they look it must be said that they fit in well with a wide variety of looks and wil suit a lot of different types of concepts. In a lot of cases they are powered by a long-life battery so there is no need to have the faucet connected up to an external power source.

The result can be a much neater looking bathroom vanity top with no handles sitting on top or coming out of the wall. This also means that the plumbing requirements with respect to extra pipes are reduced with the water regulation being handled by the faucet unit itself.

EON FaucetThe latest design in hands free or automatic faucets is a new type of faucet from Sonoma called the e-ON. This faucet is different from other automatic faucets because it uses electromagnetism in the spout rather than infra-red sensors to start the water flow. This particular faucet is very reminiscent in appearance to a traditional bamboo water spout so it would be suitable for a rustic style bathroom. The fact that there are no faucet handles adds to the rustic charm and appeal.

Whether you are going for a healthy option in choosing an automatic faucet or trying to emulate the older appeal of a traditional looking water spout there is a great deal of convenience that can be attained by installing automatic faucets. Add the water saving benefits that you get through the water flow being cut off automatically when there are no hands around that need washing and you have a very handy device for the bathroom.

Why Buy An Automatic Faucet?

Once typically seen only in commercial applications, automatic faucets are now becoming more and more popular for residential use as well. They fit into the designs present in many of today’s homes, and automatic faucets offer several benefits that traditional home faucets do not. Automatic faucets are available for use in bathrooms as well as kitchens, and the installation process is no more difficult than that for traditional faucet fixtures.

Automatic faucets have become standard in public restrooms because they are convenient and easy to use. Why not experience the same convenience at home? They work simply by waving your hand in front of or underneath a sensor, depending upon the model you have. The water begins flowing automatically, and it also shuts off automatically - reducing waste. The ease of use is also great for getting young children to wash their hands. As an added benefit, most models allow you to set the water temperature. This makes hand washing much safer because the risk of scalding can be reduced or eliminated.

Sloan Automatic FaucetHands-free automatic faucets offer many hygienic benefits when compared to traditional faucets. Studies have shown that there are more germs present in sinks and their surrounding areas than in many other areas of the home. With an automatic faucet, there is no longer any need to come in contact with nasty germs and bacteria present around the sink. Homeowners are able to wash their hands without needing to touch the faucet afterwards to turn the water off.

From a design perspective, automatic faucets are extremely attractive. They are available in several different designs and styles, and they fit in well in any design style. Because there are so many different styles available, you can find an automatic faucet that fits into modern, contemporary homes as well as in more traditional styles. They are available in a variety of finishes as well, making them a perfect match in any home. Most models are powered by a long-lasting battery rather than needing electricity. Because of the lack of wires or power cords, they fit seamlessly into any bathroom or kitchen.

Toto Automatic FaucetManufacturers of automatic faucets include Kohler, Zurn, Toto and Sloan and each make a line of sleek and efficient products.

For example, the Toto line of EcoPower products provides the hands-free technology over a wide range of products in shiny chrome plating that will appeal to many people.

Kohler Automatic FaucetOne of the things that the Kohler company emphasizes strongly is the need to conserve water and has a lot of water saving tips on its website. One of the methods you can save water is by using the company’s touchless faucets. As well as looking particularly stylish, these faucets come with a range of features apart from simply being automatic. They are equipped with built-in aerators to give you substantial water savings right off the bat. Some of the faucets also come with a temperature mixer so you don’t have to waste water getting the temperature right.

In all cases, there is a lot of technology going into the automatic faucets that are being produced. Hygiene is a significant consideration that is driving their manufacture and sales, but the broader impact on our environment cannot be underestimated either.

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Convert Your Faucet To Automatic With A Faucet Adaptor

It is possible to turn your normal everyday manually operated faucet into a hands free autmoatic sensor faucet with the EZ Faucet Automatic Sensor Faucet Adaptor. This little gadget is designed to fit to a standard faucet and works with an infrared sensor that starts the water flow when the hands are under the beam

Although people may like to install one of these Faucet Adaptors in the kitchen, the best use you will get out of it will be in the bathroom when washing your hands. It is a water saving device and a healthy way of turning the faucet off and on.

This product is a really nice idea and has the potential of providing a cheap alternative to the complete hands-free faucet systems. It can be installed without the requirement of plumbing modification. The sensor detects movement under the faucet which begins the water flow and it will continue to flow while there is motion under the sensor.

There have been problems with the product with a significant number of reports stating that the EZ Faucet is not completely reliable. Brand new units have either not worked at all or worked for a short period of time before giving up the ghost. It seems that the problem is in the sensor and when that fails the water fails to begin flowing.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, it is a really good idea and if it were to be upgraded to a more reliable model I would be inclined to say, sure go ahead and put it in your bathroom. However, with so many people reporting exactly the same problem, that it simply refuses to work after a short period of operation, you would have to caution against buying and installing one.

At the top of the page is a link to the Amazon page for this product. I suggest you visit the page to read the customer reviews of the EZ Faucet to get an idea of the troubles that have been experienced.