These days there are plenty of fads, movements, and trends, especially when it comes to your home and saving money. Some of the most frequent questions that our plumbing pros receive are in regards to the pros and cons of installing low flow shower heads and whether or not they are truly beneficial. If you’re curious about this popular home fixture, continue reading to find out everything you need to know.
While many people tend to think that low flow naturally means “low-pressure,” these days that simply is no longer true. In previous years, low-flow shower heads were less effective and therefore undesirable because they slowed your water pressure down to a mere trickle. However, newer models utilize a mix of smaller apertures and air in order to provide stronger pressure and a more pleasant shower.
Are Low Flow Shower Heads Really Better for the Environment?
Most shower heads today dispense around 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM), but not so long ago shower heads dispatched around 5-8 gallons of water each minute. Low flow shower heads disperse 2GPM or less, which means even less water usage overall.
These shower heads can decrease water consumption by 40% or more, which means a huge positive impact on the environment. With the decreased demand water stations have to process less water overall, which means less energy consumption. Since the amount of energy required is lower, less CO2 is dispersed into the air.
How Much Money Will I Save?
Low flow shower heads not only conserve water, they provide significant end-of-year savings. Since showers require energy to heat the water, cutting down your water usage also reduces your energy usage. So not only can you expect significant savings on your water bill, you can easily save up to $50 annually on heating costs.
Low flow shower heads are affordable and quickly pay for themselves in savings, making those cost-saving benefits definitely worthwhile.
Are They Easy to Install?
Removing your old shower head and replacing it with a low flow option can be fairly simple. With just a few simple tools such as a wrench, Teflon tape, scissors, a towel, and your low-flow shower head kit and parts, most of the time you can complete the job in less than 15 minutes.
However, many homes in and around Arvada are older and you may encounter loose water lines, stubborn heads that just won’t come off, and other unexpected issues. If you run into any of these issues or your just not comfortable with the installation, My Arvada Plumber is always just 15 minutes away from your door.
No job is too big or too small, if you’re in or around Arvada, CO and need plumbing assistance or have a plumbing emergency, contact us and we’ll be there in no time at all.