New Trends in Plumbing

The idea of new trends and the use of technology isn’t one which is instantly connected with the world of plumbing, but it is surprisingly relevant. Trends and technology tend to be developed as a result of one or more of four needs:

  • To add value to the home
  • To add personal comfort
  • To save money or resources
  • For better hygiene

So as we move into 2016, what new trends are we seeing in the plumbing world?

Digital Control in Bathrooms

As an attempt to improve personal comfort and control, we are increasingly seeing digital apps which allow users to control water pressure, lighting, turn on heating and stream music into their bathrooms through a digital device. This gives the chance to make sure that their house is warm and ready for them before they return home, as well as sing along to their favorite hits whilst taking a shower.

There are a whole number of apps available to give us more control over how we run our homes, giving us more comfort, allowing us to save money by using energy at cheaper times, and also giving us the power to turn off whenever we aren’t using something.

Environmentally Friendly Plumbing

Green is big business these days, and becoming an increasingly major factor in people's lives. So technology and trends are following along. While energy and resource saving devices such as water saving dishwashers and washing machines are getting more popular, there are other options also available.

A greywater recycling system uses water from washing machines, showers, dishwashers and sinks – which is relatively clean, and is then re-used for flushing toilets or sprinkler systems.

Another innovative energy saving device is the tankless water heater. Instead of heating and storing between 20 and 80 gallons of water in an insulated tank, the water is heated without being stored meaning that about 22% less energy is used, and there is an endless supply of hot water for when you need it.

Hygiene and Plumbing Trends

There are many new technologies becoming available which are helping to reduce the spread of germs and bacteria.

Home water filtration systems are gaining ground. In general, water in the home can be filtered either at the point of entry – either at the water meter or through a pressurized tank, which filters all of the water which comes into the house or at individual 'point of use' systems. In point of use systems, you can choose the system which you want to be filtered – the taps for example.

There is also a current trend in non-contact technology, meaning that users can turn on or off a tap, flush the toilet or even put the toilet lid down by a wave of a hand. This is a great way to reduce the spread of germs, keeping bathrooms healthier.

Like never before we are seeing technology being integrated into plumbing systems. And for a good cause. Where we have needed a boost, especially in the controlling of water and energy wastage, we are beginning to see steps forward.

For more information about new trends in plumbing and what can be done for you, contact A. McKenna Plumbing today!