Your showerheads consume both water and the energy it takes to heat that water, so upgrading to water-conserving models is a big step toward improving your home’s overall efficiency.
Save More Water in the Bathroom
The most effective way to reduce the amount of water you use in the bathroom is to upgrade your toilet to a water-efficient model. Toilet models that have earned the WaterSense label use 20 percent less water than the federal standard. Using a dual-flush toilet will help you save even more. These models offer a large flush for solid waste and a smaller flush for liquid waste.
Showerheads that meet WaterSense requirements are the next best way to save water and energy in the bathroom. These models are 20 percent more water efficient than standard models, yet they perform just as well or better in terms of spray intensity and other factors.
Pick the Right Showerhead
If you’re going for efficiency, think carefully before choosing a rain or “waterfall” style showerhead. While efficient models exist, rain showerheads are among the least efficient overall. Wall-mounted and handheld models tend to have the highest efficiency ratings.
For a powerful spray that requires less water use, look for aerating models, which infuse air into the water stream. Laminar-flow models, which create many small streams of water, also use less water than standard models and create less steam. Models with a pause function let you reduce the water flow while you soap up, helping you save even more.
The efficiency of a showerhead depends on correct installation, so while you can replace faucets by yourself, it’s better to hire a pro to install your new showerhead. What’s more, in homes with no automatic temperature compensating (ATC) valve, some retrofitting is required to install a high-efficiency showerhead so that it can be used safely.
For more pro tips on saving water and energy, contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing in the Greater Cleveland area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues. For more information about showerheads and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 440-345-8795.
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