Investing in touch-free sensor taps can bring significant benefits to both building managers and users, from saving water to keeping washrooms hygienically clean. Over recent times their rise in popularity has been significant, but what do you need to know about touch-free taps? We’ve collected together some of the key considerations.
How are they powered?
As an electronic device, all touchless taps require power to operate. There are a number of options available:
1. Mains power – This is a permanent installation with a hardwire to the main electrical circuit. The benefit is that this power source never needs to be replaced however alternative power sources would be required in the event of a power failure. Installers will need to use an electrician to make the 230v/6v connection.
2. Battery power – check batteries are readily available and how long they are expected to last. CONTI+ taps use standard AA batteries which usually last around 4 years.
3. Solar power – boost the power of your battery by utilising solar power. You don’t need to be in bright sunshine! Power can be obtained with ambient interior lighting. This usually extends the battery life to around 10 years.
4. Turbine power – harness the power of water with a built in turbine which recharges while the water is running will extend the power of the 4 x AA batteries to eight years.
What smart features do they have?
How about a countdown timer to make sure hands are washed for the recommended length of time? An option on the CONTI+ Ultra.
How reliable are they?
At CONTI’s facilities in Germany and Switzerland they don’t just assemble the products, they manufacture the sensor controls which gives them complete control of the quality of their products, so you can be reassured that CONTI+ taps will work, every time.
Are they easy to install?
CONTI+ sensor taps are extremely easy to install, no special skills are required other than connecting a hot and cold water supply. A retro fit to remove and replace existing traditional taps can be completed with ease.
No requirement for mains electricity is necessary as many of the CONTI+ faucets are available as a battery version with an extraordinary 4 year life expectancy on the batteries due to its unique and patented technology (based on a user turning the tap on up to 150 times a day). And with the CONTI+ ultra you can access all working parts from above, making maintenance simple!
Check out our demo video for more information about how CONTI+ taps are installed and maintained.
How safe are they?
CONTI+’s thermostatic options give complete reassurance in spaces such as schools and accessible bathrooms. The taps have an automatic reliable shut-off. The patented, thermostatically controlled anti-scalding protection of the CONTI+ lino AS L13 offers increased safety in the case of cold water system failure, shutting off the hot water supply in accordance with EN 1111 after a maximum water flow of 300 ml whilst pressure fluctuations in the cold/hot water system are also balanced out.
How do they compare with manual or self-closing taps?
Check out our chart for a quick view of the benefits for each of the different faucet types, with outstanding performance on hygiene, water saving and ease of use for touchless taps.