Touch less Faucets
This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling (we service the greater San Jose CA metro area), as well as part of a sub-series on bathroom faucets. To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
A touchless faucet is one where the faucet turns on just by moving your hands in front of them. We’ve all seen them in some public bathrooms.
The big advantage is they save water. The big disadvantage is they need power.
How Touchless Faucets Work
They contain an infrared sensor (you can see in at the base of the spout in the image) which detects the motion of something that emits infrared (your hands).
When the sensor detects motion, the water is turned on for some amount of seconds.
Where Touchless Faucets Make Sense
For public restrooms at malls and restaurants they make great sense as it is not possible for someone to forget to shut off the water.
For your home, maybe not so much.
The reason I personally am not so keen on touchless faucets in home bathrooms is they either need a battery or they need to be plugged in.
The last thing most homes need is one more than that needs it’s batteries changed. Alternatively does it make sense to have to install an outlet under the sink in order to install a new faucet?
Until there exists a touchless faucet whose battery is recharged by the energy of the running water, I ask homeowner to really question the need for one. Do you really want one morning to discover your faucet won’t turn on because the battery died?
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