There can be a number of reasons to choose a conventional faucet rather than a hands-free one. The innovative sensor faucet may not suit a period style kitchen. Being more expensive, it may not be affordable for all budgets. Or perhaps the appearance of the available models may not appeal to you.
In these or similar situations, it is just natural that you prefer a less sophisticated faucet. On the other hand, if you dream of a hands-free kitchen faucet but are hesitant to get one only because of some fear, it would be unfortunate if you don’t give it a chance. I will try to explain why some of the common fears should not stop you.
Fear 1 – the faucet will be turning on and off by itself.
Modern touchless faucets from trusted companies like Kohler or Moen are smart enough to distinguish between intended and unintended activation. There are a few factors, however, that can cause the faucet to turn on. The sensor can be triggered by a pet, moving curtain or direct sunlight. Also fluctuations of power can cause it to turn on.
With a number of simple measures, these risks can be reduced to practically zero. The pets will soon learn not to come too close because the water turning on scares them. Curtains can be organized and sunlight shaded.
Things may get a little more complicated in areas where there are frequent power cuts. If the faucet uses the mains power, an uninterrupted power solution might be helpful. But there are also faucets that offer using battery power as an alternative source. Such a faucet could even be used in places where there is no electricity available.
Fear 2 – electricity used in the faucet can be potentially dangerous.
In fact, only low voltage electricity is used in touch kitchen faucet, typically 9 volts. Such voltage is considered to be safe by the most stringent regulations. Electricity is used only to power the hands-free system and has no chance to spread to the faucet body or water. But even if it did, it would not be able to cause any harm.
There are faucets for which only AC power can be used. Some other models have the option of using battery power. In terms of safety, there is no difference.
Fear 3 – installation will be complicated.
Apart from all the usual installation steps that any other faucet would normally have, there is only one additional step – securing of electrical power. If there is no mains socket close to the sink, you may have to use an extension cable. Please note that earthing will be required.
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