For some years, some public restrooms have offered sensor faucets. You know, you wave your hand under the faucet, and the water turns on. The faucet is equipped with an infrared sensor which detects movement at the sink and turns on automatically. Digital faucets have a digital display which shows the temperature of the water, so there is no reason to chill or scald yourself anymore.
Or, you can get a combo, which both senses and adjusts the temperature of the flow.
When should you consider buying a smart faucet?
When you have children
People who want their children to wash their hands but don’t want to waste water can have a sensor which only works when there is a hand beneath it or one that turns on with a wave. It minimizes water use since the kids can’t leave the water running while they brush their teeth. People with babies will find it convenient since they won’t need to put the baby down to turn on the faucet when they need water. Those with mobility issues will find it helpful, as turning a knob on and off becomes unnecessary.
When you don't want to waste water
If you don’t want to fiddle with the taps, you can get one with a sensor which won’t turn on until the water at the faucet is at the set temperature.
People who want to avoid spreading germs will also find the sensor option to be handy, because when you think about it, if you turn the faucet on with your dirty hand, then turn it off with your clean hand, your faucet is giving you back your germs before your hands are even dry.
When You want to Control Your Shower
For the lavishly appointed shower, try U by Moen’s new smart shower faucet, which allows you to pre-warm your shower to the desired temperature with your Smartphone by asking Alexa to turn it on, or by the provided controller.
You can ask for the shower to be set at a specific temperature, be informed when the shower is ready, have a timed shower, and pause the shower if you don’t want to waste water. There are a couple of other options: the single unit can preset options and will shut off automatically if it has been paused for more than five minutes.
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