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Touchless Faucet Buying Guide

 

 
 
Touchless faucets have long been used in public spaces, and now you can have this luxury in your own home. Our touchless kitchen faucets use modern technology to create a clean, easy-to-use workspace.

 
   
   
 
How do touchless faucets work?
Touchless faucets consist of four main parts: a spout, sensor window, solenoid valve, and power source.

The touchless faucet spout is much like other similarly styled faucet spouts. They are typically tall so that there is plenty of room to use the faucet, and large enough to contain the sensor windows that control the faucet.

Our faucets include two infrared sensor windows on the faucet spout. These windows can detect the presence of nearby objects without physical contact. When you place your hands within the range of the sensor windows, infrared light bounces off your skin to the detector. A signal is then sent to the solenoid valve, a type of electromagnet. When the information is received from the sensors the valve is pulled open, allowing water to flow through the spout.

Touchless faucets require a power source to control the sensors and solenoid valve; this could be in the form of batteries or AC transformers. Our faucets are powered by a battery pack containing two 3-volt batteries that is installed beneath the sink, 7"-8" from the centerline of the faucet.
 
 
How are touchless faucets installed?
Our single-hole touchless faucets can be installed in any kitchen where a standard single-hole faucet is installed. Some single-hole faucets may come with a deck plate, which will allow them to be installed where a three-hole faucet was previously used. Because the faucets are battery powered, no electrical work is required for installation; the battery pack simply attaches to the wall beneath the sink.

 
  How are touchless faucets used?
The maximum distance that a sensor can detect an object is called the "nominal range." The nominal range for the upper window is 6"-8". The lower sensor window will set automatically according to the distance from the faucet to the sink bottom when the faucet has been powered on for 6 seconds. To turn the faucet on using either sensor, the faucet’s handle must first be in the open position (i.e. “on”).

To activate the faucet using the upper sensor, position your hand 6”- 8” in front of the sensor for water to begin flowing. To turn the water off, simply place your hand in front of the sensor window again within 30 seconds. You can also turn the water off by closing the faucet handle. If you happen to step away while the faucet is still running, the water will shut off automatically after 30 seconds.

To activate the faucet using the lower sensor, position your hand below the spout. The water will shut off automatically immediately after your hands are moved away from the sensor.


Do touchless faucets require additional maintenance?
Maintenance is much like a regular faucet, with a few additional steps due to the electrical components. Do not use any harsh chemicals to clean any parts of the faucet, and try not to store chemicals near the battery pack. You may need to move some of your household cleaners to a different cabinet if they are typically stored beneath your sink. Make sure that you take proper care when replacing and discarding the batteries. Review the included installation manual for other information regarding installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

What are the benefits of touchless faucets?
The biggest advantage of having a touchless faucet is cleanliness. They are essentially mess-free fixtures and solve issues with food safety, e.g., raw foods and cross contamination. The handling of raw foods such as meat, seafood, and eggs can quickly spread harmful bacteria. Eliminating the need to touch your faucet to rinse your hands and dishes greatly limits bacteria circulation.

Touchless faucets are also great for conserving water. Because the water shuts off automatically, this can dramatically cut down on water waste and reduce the risk of sink overflow caused by the faucet being left on by accident. Touchless faucets are also a great option for those with mobility limitations who might have a hard time reaching or turning the lever.