Showerhead Basics You Should Know

Conserving water is a general concern for all of us — not only to preserve a precious resource, but also to save on monthly bills. Choosing the right showerhead can help you do both. Here’s some practical advice on selecting showerhead for your home.

The Lowdown on Low Flow

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), showering results in close to 40 gallons of water being used each day by the average family. Standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm). Older showerheads can use up to 5 gmp.

You can save by choosing showerheads that bear the WaterSense label. WaterSense labels are used on products that are water-efficient. Showerheads that earn the Watersense label use no more than 2 gpm. Efficiency is measured in performance as well as waste reduction. Installing Watersense labeled showerheads could save the average family 2900 gallons of water each year.

Choosing the Right Showerhead

There are many options for showerheads, and although you will consider style and cost, ensure the showerhead you select uses less than 2.5 gpm. While showerheads can be classified according to different types, the U.S. Department of Energy specifies two basic types of low-flow showerheads. Aerating showerheads mix air with water to form a misty spray. The water is actually somewhat cooled before it reaches your body. Laminar-flow showerheads provide single streams of water. The laminar-flow showerheads are a little more expensive, but are better at maintaining the desired water temperature so you save energy. The aerating showerheads likely lead you to adjust the knob for more hot water.

Low-flow showerheads will also result in savings beyond your water bill. Low-flow showerheads use water more efficiently, so there is less demand on your hot water heater during those hot showers. Look for additional energy-saving options. There are several useful features you might want to look for in a new showerhead such as a cut-off valve to stop the flow of water. Different spray patterns can also help to save water.

Carefree Comfort, Inc. has been providing service to Highland Park for more than three decades. We can provide the advice, equipment and service you need to increase efficiency and savings in your home. Call us today at 847-388-0115 to learn more about the difference we can make in your home.

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