Faucet Aerators: Should You Add Them?

You want to save water but, like many people, hate to give up your water pressure. You like your hot, pounding showers every morning, and you also want enough pressure to blast the grease off of your dishes. Low flow anything frightens you. A simple device, the faucet aerator, may be able to help you get the water feel you want while using less water and saving money.

Purpose

The aerator is a small mesh attachment that is placed on the end of your faucet. By forcing the water flow through small holes, air is added to the stream, adding volume and the feel of more water.  As a result, you can actually use a relatively small amount of water while still getting your cleaning or hygiene tasks accomplished. Without an aerator, a saving water might leave you with film on your dishes or grime on your hands. You may already have an aerator on some of your faucets, but if it is corroded, the water flow may be compromised. Even if it's not in bad shape, choosing a different aerator can improve your water flow. 

Types

You can choose from a number of types of these appliances, including a swivel style, a stationary style, and a diverter style. If you want to be able to direct the flow of water, something that is helpful when doing the dishes, you may want to choose the swivel model. A diverter aerator allows you to attach a hose that leads to a water filter, something that is necessary if you want to use both appliances.

Water Savings

To receive maximum savings from aerator usage, look for a 1.0 to 1.5 gallons-per-minute model. For the kitchen sink, a 2.2 to 2.5 GPM model will give you the flow you need while still greatly reducing your water usage. You can also find showerheads that use aeration to save gallons of water each day. You may be able to save up to 1500 gallons of tap water each month by installing or upgrading your aerators.

You can also consult with your plumber about the best aerators for your home. Although many of these models are quite easy to install, you might run into problems with older fixtures and need some expert help. You can also investigate the use of other low-flow appliances to reduce your water usage even further. Aerators help you get the power and coverage you need while using as little water as possible. Contact a plumbing service for more information.  


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