The touchless kitchen faucet is a relatively new option for traditional kitchen fixtures. It is a benefit to homeowners concerned about the spread of germs. In fact, there really aren’t any downsides to having a hands-free faucet (although we’ll list a few possibilities later). It is extremely convenient and hygienic while conserving water when doing the dishes, washing your hands, or brushing your teeth. A touchless unit can also help reduce utility bills and improve cleanliness and convenience.
The pros and cons of touchless kitchen faucets are discussed below:
Benefits of a Touch-Free Faucet
These are some of the top reasons to install a touchless fixture in your kitchen:
Prevent the Spread of Germs: Bacteria and other germs are prevalent on faucet handles as they’re used quite frequently throughout the day. Pathogens on the surface can be left on your hands and can enter the body when you touch your face. These include bacteria from uncooked foods, such as E. coli, staphylococcus, and salmonella. With a touchless fixture, you have a hygienic solution that prevents these from being transferred to sink handles, keeping your family, including children, safe.
Water Conservation: This innovative solution has sensors, installed in the faucet, that turn the water off automatically. These include infrared and ultrasonic field sensors. You never need to worry about forgetting to turn off the water or about kids leaving it on when they play. Using a touchless fixture results in less hot water usage and in turn possibly lower water bills. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, you can waste 10 gallons of water when washing the dishes for five minutes.1 Touchless faucets track exactly when you need that water by sensing your presence.
Cleanliness and Convenience: Cooking can be messy. With hands-free access to the kitchen sink, you can prevent smudges, grime, and fingerprints from building up on the handles. Food preparation can therefore be a more clean and effortless process. You don’t need to use a grime-free elbow to turn on the faucet, which can also increase the risk of turning on scalding hot water. This makes a touchless faucet a great safety feature in your kitchen.
Cons of Touchless Kitchen Faucets
While there are few drawbacks, a touch-free faucet can be:
• More expensive than a traditional sink fixture
• More complicated to install
• Disabled by a power outage if electric power is used
• More energy consuming (electrically-powered units)
• Turned on accidentally by moving dishes or pets
Contact Cardinal Plumbing
A touchless kitchen faucet is a safe, convenient, and water-conserving option. Cardinal Plumbing, a leading Northern Virginia plumbing service, specializes in providing such an innovative solution; you can rely on us for all types of plumbing installation and repair as well. If you’re considering an upgrade to your kitchen sink plumbing, our professional plumber can recommend and install a touchless fixture for you. We are open during the coronavirus pandemic, with no contact service, social distancing, and use of sanitizing measures during every call.
Cardinal Plumbing offers fast, same-day service. Feel free to contact us at our Alexandria, Sterling, and Gainesville locations with your kitchen sink plumbing questions, or request an appointment, by calling 703-721-8888 today! You can also book online and we’ll be glad to serve you.