Bathroom faucets account for a large portion of water usage in your home. A leaky faucet can become a major heating energy and water waster, allowing the unused water along with the energy used to heat it to go down the drain. Leakage losses caused by defective bathroom faucets account for between five and ten percent of household water consumption, which is why choosing high-quality faucets for your bathroom is especially important.
Selecting the right bathroom faucets can be quite a bewildering task. The choice is limitless not only in terms of styles, colors, textures and finishes, but also in terms of modes of operation, the number of holes required and the mounting method.
Based on the mode of operation, bathroom faucets can be hand-operated or electronic. The latter usually feature sensors that release water without touch and allow you to wash hands without dealing with handles that may be dirty. Sensor-triggered faucets are also safe from excess dripping and therefore can save approximately 75% of the water as compared to standard faucet fixtures. These devices typically use solar power or batteries to operate.
Bathroom faucets may also require a different number of holes, from one for a monobloc to four-hole bath/shower faucets (hot, cold, spout, shower). They can be mounted on the basin or bath, wall-hung, floor-mounted or worktop-mounted. Your choice will be probably defined by whether you prefer an asymmetrical look with a tap that is placed to the right or left, or a more classic style with several holed faucets or two taps placed in the center.
The design of the faucet also depends on your bathroom. Victorian faucets in oil rubbed bronze or brass with their pleasing curves would look great in a period bathroom, while a modern one would be the right fit for almost any styles in chrome or brushed nickel. An understated contemporary faucet that can emphasize a clean-lined ambience would do the trick for a chic, minimalist-style bathroom.
As far as prices go, saving on bathroom faucets is not the best idea. Inexpensive faucets may mix cold and hot water unevenly and end up costing you more in the long run. Invest in high-quality bathroom faucets that will provide years of high performance and allow you to be in complete control of water pressure and temperature. Despite being the most frequently used fixture in the bath, the better quality faucets will age well and serve you substantially longer, making you forget about constant drips.
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