SAVING WATER: CHOOSING THE RIGHT AERATOR
October 11, 2017
Choosing the right bathroom or kitchen aerator is one of the simplest steps you can take to save on your water bill. EcoSystems specializes in providing the best aerator for your needs. Selecting the right one involves a few variables:
• Threading – this is the most important factor to consider because it will determine if the aerator will fit your faucet spout. The threading will depend upon which country you are in. The first thing to determine is if you need female or male threading. A female aerator has the threads on the inside of the aerator, while a male aerator has threads on the outside of the aerator. In the United States, the thread size are 55/64″-27 for standard-sized female and 15/16″-27 for standard-sized male. Alternatively, a dual thread aerator allows you to fit into both male and female threaded sprouts since it has threads on both the inside and outside.
• Flow rate – here you’re looking for a low flow aerator because it helps you save water by restricting the water flow rate. To be classified as a low flow aerator and have industry certifications such as WaterSense labeled or CalGreen compliant, it should have a flow rate of less than 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm). The technology has improved to the point where a low flow aerator does not feel like it’s skimping on sufficient water. To seriously cut down on water usage, consider a flow rate of between 0.5 gpm to 1.5 gpm.
• Spray type – We recommend a low flow bubble faucet aerator because it restricts the water flow from the faucet while adding air to the water flow. This enhances the water stream to give the sensation of a larger flow even though it’s dispensing less water. It is ideal for use in both bathroom and kitchens. A bubble faucet aerator typically has a cross mesh screen to act as a flow restrictor and aerate the water.
• Size – Aerators come in 3 different sizes : regular size, junior or small size and tom thumb size. The regular size is the largest and the housing is the size of a quarter, the junior/small size is the size of a nickel, and the tom thumb is equivalent circumference of a penny.
If you need help choosing an aerator that works best for you, contact an EcoConsultant and start saving on your property’s water bill today!