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Kitchen Trends: The Touch-Activated Faucet

January 30, 2013 10:59 AM
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Kohler Sensate Touchelss Kitchen Faucet
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Like the beginning of each new year, the start of 2013 brought with it conversations about “change” and “newness”. In the remodeling industry, a new year is the perfect time to debut new product lines, improved versions of older designs and innovative ideas for items nobody ever dreamed they would need, until they couldn’t live without them. The touch-less kitchen faucet, this year, is certainly one of them.

Kohler’s Sensate™ Touchless Kitchen Faucet and Moen’s MotionSense™ are two leading brands of sensor kitchen faucets. The idea of motion detecting appliances can often bring us to a frustrating memory of a public restroom situation where technology deemed our movement invalid and we inevitably leave with wet hands and soap remaining on our palms, but technology has improved and these products might even be considered environmentally friendly.

If you consider how much water we waste cooking, washing dishes and completing small tasks such as filling the coffee pot, the touch free faucet can improve your carbon footprint by increasing the frequency at which you turn off the water.

Each faucet operates differently, but the general concept includes three ways to set the water flow in motion. A top sensor that responds to hand movement above the faucet, a sensor at the base that can identify if an object is placed underneath the spout and the handle on the side allowing manual operation as well.

 

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