Increased home efficiency has become a hot topic in the past few years, as ecological responsibility takes the forefront of home design considerations. If you’ve been looking to upgrade your Bradenton, Florida, home’s plumbing to something more efficient, you should know that there are a lot of options out there. We’ve put together this guide of the five best plumbing upgrades that can increase your efficiency but still work beautifully.
Low-Flow Shower Heads
Low-flow shower heads are a great way to save water while still enjoying a leisurely shower. Designed for maximum output with low water usage, low-flow shower heads have come a long way. Most provide excellent pressure and comfort but without a lot of waste. Typically, you don’t need to install anything in your shower outside of attaching the head to your pre-existing spout. You can install them yourself with little time and effort. There are a variety of styles, from handheld to rainfall, all low-flow. These are a great way to save water without sacrifice.
If you’re looking to redo your bathroom, we strongly recommend adding a high-efficiency toilet. These toilets are one of the best ways to save water in your home. They work by using a lower amount of water to remove waste while still doing an effective job. Some even offer choices in the amount of flow to fit the user’s needs. While these toilets can sometimes be a little more expensive than traditional, there are plenty of models that are on-par price wise, and more than make up their installation cost with the amount of water you’ll save. Just be sure to get them installed by a licensed plumber who can ensure it’s working correctly.
Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater is a great, energy-efficient alternative to the traditional tank heaters. Instead of storing a large amount of water which is heated to meet your home’s needs, a tankless heater heats water as it’s needed without storing it. This allows for instant access to hot water as well as reduced water waste. Plus, many take up less room than the traditional models which can help free up storage space in your home. They’re just as easy to maintain as tank heaters, with minimal maintenance required. Tankless heaters are great choices for small families or couples, while large families may find themselves running out of hot water sooner than with a tank option. Have a conversation with your plumber to figure out if a tankless water heater will meet the needs of you and your family.
High-Efficiency Clothes Washer
One of the more commonplace items on this list, high-efficiency clothes washers are found in homes across the country. They are extremely effective at cleaning clothes, some even more so than traditional clothes washers. They often cost around the same as a mid-range washer and can save you quite a bit on both your energy and your water bills. These systems are typically front-loading; the design making it easier to conserve water while providing great clothes-cleaning functionality. If you have a family that has a lot of laundry, this is a great way to keep on top of their needs without sacrificing performance. Cycles don’t take any longer to complete and many are outfitted with the latest in clothes washer technology.
The kitchen sink is an important tool in any home, and having a faucet that can vary with the needs of your family is very handy and efficient. Variable-spray faucets allow users to pick how much flow comes out, as well as choose between options like stream and spray. This allows you to use less water when washing dishes, or more when you’re trying to fill a pot. The flexibility can help keep your kitchen running smoothly while also helping you save water when you’re able to.
Are you ready to upgrade your home with new high-efficiency plumbing? Aqua Plumbing & Air can help. Give our experts a call to learn more about available high-efficiency technology or set up an installation appointment. Reach out at (941) 306-3715 to find out how Aqua Plumbing & Air can help you today!
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