COVID has made everyone more conscious to wash their hands and a little on edge about shaking hands and the surfaces they touch. As a result of this, a trend which is becoming more main stream is the installation of smart touchless tapware in bathrooms at home and in businesses and with this brings more competition in the market and the prices are coming down considerably!
How does touchless tapware work?
The most common types of touchless tapware include an infrared sensor which allows you to simply wave your hands in front of the tap to start the flow of water. When you move your hands away from the sensor, the flow of water automatically stops. Now who doesn’t want to save water !
More advanced models of touchless tapware include Bluetooth capability which allows you to connect the tapware to your smart phone to calibrate the settings. Using this feature you can customise the tap based on your personal preference including the distance for the sensor to activate and the length of time the water will flow.
The ability to customise these settings is particularly helpful if you have kids, as it generally allows you to program the sensor to activate from short, medium and long distances – which is perfect for those little arms that can’t usually reach the tap.
While some models of touchless tapware have Bluetooth capability, all models allow you to customise these features via manual adjustment.
How can I install touchless tapware in my smart bathroom?
It’s surprisingly easy to install touchless tapware into a bathroom. If your bathroom is like most you will have a hot and cold water supply beneath your basin, but no power supply. If this is the case for you, select a touchless tapware model that has volume control on the side of the tap and is powered by a battery. Models that are powered by battery can be easily fitted or retro fitted into your bathroom. You can enjoy all the benefits of touchless tapware without having to change anything about your current bathroom set-up.
If you do have access to a power supply beneath your basin, or you are renovating and considering adding this to your bathroom, you can select a touchless tapware model that will connect directly to your power source meaning you won’t have to change the battery.
There is a range of touchless tapware on the market to suit both vessel basins and regular basins, making touchless tapware easy to install regardless of your bathroom design Byron Bay!
What are the benefits of having touchless tapware in my smart bathroom?
One of the most notable benefits of touchless tapware is that the technology is highly water efficient. Now that society is placing a greater emphasis on sustainability, it makes sense for homeowners to look for ways to reduce their water consumption. You can cut your water consumption by as much as 60% by switching from traditional tapware to touchless tapware due to the controlled waterflow and automation functions, positively impacting both the environment and the wallet.
Additionally, touchless tapware offers an ultra-hygienic and seamless handwashing experience, as the need to touch the tap before and after handwashing has been entirely eliminated. In this way touchless tapware prevents the spread of bacteria and reduces water marks that build up on the surface of traditional tapware.
One last advantage of touchless tapware is that it allows you to move your hands directly away from the basin after washing them. This reduces the amount of water that gets splashed onto your tap and vanity. Pooled water on surfaces become a breeding ground for germs, so ultimately touchless tapware helps to minimise the amount of cleaning you need to do and further optimises hygiene.
Which brand of touchless tapware is best for my smart bathroom?
Designer Bathrooms Plus recommends SCHELL tapware which is regarded as Germany’s number one bathroom technology manufacturer. As a family owned business founded in 1932, Schell pride themselves on providing water-efficient, hygienic and user-friendly solutions to suit both commercial and residential projects.
Interested in installing touchless tapware in your smart bathroom? Talk to the team at Designer Bathrooms Plus .
Whether you’re renovating or building from scratch, we are here to help. Our bathroom experts have all the right know-how to recommend the perfect products for your needs so that you can make that final decision with confidence.