Very few people think of plumbing as an industry full of modern technological advances, however, some plumbing companies are becoming increasingly creative in their efforts to keep up with user demands for cheaper, greener, and more efficien
Very few people think of plumbing as an industry full of modern technological advances, however, some plumbing companies are becoming increasingly creative in their efforts to keep up with user demands for cheaper, greener, and more efficient plumbing solutions. Not to be forgotten, luxury and convenience are playing an increasing role in the designs of modern plumbing technologies. Here are some of the latest advances in home plumbing:
Motion Sensing Faucets and Toilets
In an effort to minimize water consumption the plumbing industry has eagerly embraced advances motion sensing technologies. In an effort to cut down on wasted water, a commodity that will only be rising in price, many companies have created motion sensing toilets and faucets that will only dispense water in the presence of human motion. These improvements not only cut costs but also help the environment and local sewage facilities by reducing waste.
Tank-less Water Heaters
Tank-less water heaters are exactly what they sound like. Water heating systems that don’t rely on a massive tank of preheated water to deliver water at the requested temperature. Instead, these systems work by instantly heating water on demand. This saves energy by only heating water when it is needed, and not during the many hours of the day when nobody is home. Read this super guide on how to buy a water heater for your home here.
LED Toilet Seats
Not all of the advances in home plumbing systems help protect the environment. Luxury also plays a significant role in the trends of the industry. One new addition has been the installation of LEDs in toilet seats and sinks. These lights gently illuminate the bathroom and allow people to use the toilet without turning on bright lights at night. Additionally, multi-colored LEDs in sinks can help prevent painful burns or cold shocks by alerting users to the faucets water temperature without the need to test by hand. How this lead toilet seat works can be seen on the video under the article.
Grey Water System
Grey water is water that, while still considered waste, can be easily treated and used for a secondary purpose in the home. While costly to install, grey water systems can help a household save money in the long term and help the environment by greatly reducing the amount of water consumed and waste created. One example of a residential use for grey water is to flush toilets. TheGuardian wrote a great article if greywater systems can really reduce your bills.
While plumbing may sometimes seems like a slow moving, prehistoric, industry, it is in fact jumping with leaps and bounds to improve our comfort, save us money, and help protect our environment.