If you’re looking for ways to save water, you might want to upgrade shower head fixtures in your home. Or perhaps you’re revamping the bathroom and want to create a new shower experience.
Why to Upgrade
When it comes to water use, the shower is a guzzler. About 17 percent of water used indoors is through the shower, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The average family of four will use about 40 gallons of water per day while showering.
About 2.5 gallons of water sprays through the standard shower head in a minute. If you upgrade shower head fixtures in your home to those with the WaterSense label, you can save half a gallon per minute. The savings could add up to 2,900 gallons of water a year. You’ll also end up saving energy, too. Your water heater won’t have to work as hard because it is heating less water.
Shower Head Choices
When it comes to the type of shower head for your upgrade, there are many choices:
- Single-function: These are your basic shower heads with one option for the water flowing out. This is a one-size-fits-all choice that can fit any budget. Many shower heads have water-saving options and are easy to clean due to their simplicity. They come in a wide array of finishes. If you want something more elaborate, you might want to keep looking.
- Multifunction: If you like different types of showers for various moods or times of day—relaxing evening cleanse or heavy, pulsating shower after exercising—then consider this option. These come in water-saving models and are generally easy to clean.
- Handheld: For those who like a little more control over their shower, there is the handheld shower. This option can be used instead of or in addition to the standard wall-mounted shower head. It’s also helpful when your kids are smaller and you need some help getting them cleaned up quickly.
- Body spray: Many people want to mimic the wonderful experience they have at the spa. That’s where the body spray comes in. Many models have hydrotherapy settings to match the type of relaxing water experience you’re looking for.
- Rainfall: These are larger than the standard shower head. They are typically at least six inches across and are either circular or square. These are designed to make you feel like you’re being drenched in a rainfall, so they tend to use more water.
- Shower system: One of the more popular trends right now is installing not just one shower head, but a full system incorporating shower heads, handheld options, body sprays, and water outlets to create a spa-like experience.
Once you determine which type of shower head you’d like to upgrade to, you’ll need to make sure your existing plumbing system will accommodate it.
For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.
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