What to Look for When Buying A Faucet
A faucet is a small but integral part of your kitchen or bathroom. Faucets have one very specialized function, but it’s incredibly important. The faucet controls the release of the water into your sink, as well as the temperature. Because of the frequent turning on and off, it’s important to find a faucet that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also well-made and durable. There are so many different kitchen faucets and bathroom sink faucets to choose from that it’s mandatory to do a little bit of research before you make a purchase.
Types of Faucets
Keep in mind that the faucets you choose aren’t just functional pieces of equipment; think of faucets as the accessories that dress up your kitchen and bathroom. Finding a faucet that accentuates the room’s décor will go a long way in unifying the room and your home.
There are two different types of faucet spouts available, aerated and non-aerated. An aerated spout mixes water with air, and a restrictor and screen are used to limit water flow and increase pressure. Non-aerated spouts don’t have a screen, giving the water a free-falling look, like a small waterfall.
When it comes to choosing a handle design, there are three basic options: lever, cross, or round. The choice is completely stylistic, as all three designs provide the same basic function.
Temperature and Water Conservation
When it comes to kitchen sink faucets and bathroom faucets and their functionality, you really only worry about two things: the temperature and pressure control. Most faucets come with a valve that regulates temperature. A good valve will keep the temperature from shifting from one extreme to another quickly when you change from cold to hot. This helps prevent burns from sudden scalding-hot water. Many faucets also come with some form of temperature limit, which stops water from reaching extreme temperatures. For water conservation, the majority of today’s taps are constructed so that they can only disperse a certain amount of water per minute (usually around 1.5 to 2 gallons per minute).