If you’ve made it your mission to waste less water, you’re probably well-versed on what low-flow fixtures do to help the cause. And yet, did you know that new technology has resulted in even greater water savings from going low-flow?
If it’s time to replace or buy new bathroom fixtures, you’ll like what you’re about to read.
EPA Establishes Higher Standards of Water Efficiency
The EPA has set rigorous standards when it comes to determining whether a faucet or fixture qualifies as low-flow. In order to earn the EPA’s WaterSense label, new fixtures must meet the following criteria.
- A low-flow sink faucet cannot exceed more than 1.5 gallons of water per minute (GPM)
- A low-flow showerhead cannot exceed more than 2.5 GPM
- A low-flow toilet must not use more than 1.5 gallons of water per flush (GPF)
Less water means less pressure, right? Wrong. While not a huge concern for faucets, some homeowners are reluctant to switch to low-flow showerheads because they expect a reduction in water pressure, resulting in a wimpy shower. Rest assured, that is not the case.The two main types of low-flow shower heads, laminar and aerating, can deliver an invigorating spray while using less water.
Laminar showerheads distribute water into larger, individual streams, allowing the user to adjust the flow of water to a robust massaging action or a gentler spray. They also don’t produce a lot of steam – a plus for poorly vented bathrooms.
Aerating showerheads force water through small holes while mixing it with air. The result is a fine, vigorous spray, and makes for a steamy showering experience. However, because the water is mixed with air, it does lower the water temperature slightly so you may find yourself needing to add more hot water.
Low-flow toilets have come a long way. Without a doubt, the biggest water waster in any home is the toilet. In fact, older toilets use up to six gallons of water per flush. Multiply that by the average number of flushes per day per person (4), and that’s a heap of water. So sure, you want to conserve, but again you’re concerned that less water equals less pressure. Enter pressure-assist technology and streamlined gravity-flow toilets.
Pressure assist toilets, also known as jet flush, were once only found in public restrooms. When the toilet is flushed, a force of water rushes into the toilet bowl, created by a pressurized tank.The contents are washed away quickly and cleanly.
Gravity flow toilets work by moving water into the bowl until there is enough pressure to push the contents downward through a curved trap beneath the bowl. This creates a siphoning effect; once water begins to drain through the trap, it will continue to move down without the need for more water.
If you’re ready to put the best of low-flow water technology to work in your home, contact Pann Home Services today. We’ll answer all your questions and help you select the right fixtures for your home.