Automatic faucets seem to be everywhere these days. They started appearing in public restrooms years ago, but since have not only become fixtures in your home’s bathroom but now are popular in kitchens. When shopping for a faucet, you might wonder if an automatic model is a good idea.
To be honest, there are pluses and minuses to going with an automatic faucet. Once you understand what these are, you can make an informed decision, and hopefully not regret it later.
You have plenty of good reasons to seriously consider an automatic faucet. Just consider the following:
Less waste: It might not seem like much, but the water runs for an extra period of time as you move your hands from turning the faucet on to the stream of water, or when you reach for the handle to shut it off once you’re done. An automatic faucet only runs when your hands are under it, ensuring you use the precise amount of water necessary. Not only that, most automatic faucets are leak-proof, which conserves water as well.
No playing with adjustments: Most automatic faucets can be set with a pre-fixed flow and water temperature. That means you don’t have to turn one or two handles before everything is perfect, which wastes water and either natural gas or electricity. This also saves time, another valuable resource.
A cleaner bathroom/kitchen: When turning a regular faucet off after using it, you’ll inevitably drip on the counter. Kids might splash all over a bathroom mirror, walls, etc. Not only that, if your hands are dirty when you turn the faucet on, that grime can build up on the faucet itself. Automatic faucets keep everything cleaner. Also, you don’t have to touch a dirty faucet once finished washing your hands, immediately soiling them again.
Ease of operation: Children, people with arthritis or other painful ailments, and really anyone can operate an automatic faucet. It’s just plain easier to deal with for everyone.
Cost: In general, automatic faucets require a bigger investment up front. Sure, they may save you money in the long-term, but at first, you might choke when you see the prices.
Power outages: If your automatic faucet is wired and not powered by a battery, you can’t use it when the power is out. That just complicates life if you live somewhere electrical service is unpredictable. If you have a battery-powered model, you need to have replacement batteries on hand, or you’ll be in the same situation until you can swap those out.
Changing settings: Changing the flow or temperature of the water in a manual faucet is a straightforward process. With automatic faucets that’s not necessarily the case. Some require you to use a remote control to change anything. Some newer models allow you to change settings by touching different parts of the faucet while it’s on.
Sensor malfunction: Everyone has stuck their hands under an automatic faucet in a public restroom and nothing has happened. After waving your hands around uselessly, you switch to a different faucet, and hopefully, don’t have the same experience. This can be especially annoying in your home since you only have one faucet in your bathroom or kitchen.
Your experience with automatic faucets depends greatly on what model you buy, and how well they’re installed. Contact us at Plumbwell Services for the best automatic faucet setup for your situation.