Grand Traverse County may be right along the water, but that doesn’t mean we can avoid water bills. If you’re looking to control water-related expenses, selecting the best showerhead for water and energy savings is one of the most effective ways to do it.
Let the WaterSense Label Guide You
The WaterSense program, run by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sets standards for high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. To earn the WaterSense label, a showerhead must use no more than 2 gallons of water per minute (gpm). That’s 20 percent less than the standard showerhead, which uses around 2.5 gpm. WaterSense-labelled showerheads must perform as well as or better than standard models in terms of pressure, clog-free operation and other factors.
Switching to these showerheads can save the average American family around 2,900 gallons of water every year. Cutting back on hot water use that much can save almost two weeks’ worth of electricity used in the average home.
The Right Features Help, Too
Because low-pressure showerheads are prone to clogs and leaks, choose a model that provides between 40 and 60 psi of pressure. Many retailers offer test arms that let you try out a showerhead and check how its pressure feels before you buy.
In addition to its pressure rating, a showerhead’s size influences the type of water stream it produces. For a heavier pressure, choose a showerhead close to the standard size of 8 inches in diameter. To enjoy greater variety, spring for a wall-mounted showerhead system that includes a variety of heads, jets, and body sprays.
A large top-mounted rain head model is a better choice for an all-encompassing deluge of water with a light pressure. Keep in mind, though, that installing one may require a plumbing upgrade.
A showerhead’s performance, including its pressure, depends heavily on correct installation. While some plumbing fixture replacements are simple DIY jobs, replacing a showerhead is a job for a plumbing professional.
For more information on selecting the best showerhead,or for other home comfort concerns, contact Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We proudly serve homeowners throughout Grand Traverse County.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about selecting showerheads and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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