Just because rain is plentiful around Portland doesn’t mean we don’t have to think about our water bills. Because showers are such big water users, selecting the best showerhead for your needs is one of the most effective ways you can lower your water usage.
Look for the WaterSense Label
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program sets standards for efficient plumbing fixtures. While average showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm), WaterSense-labelled showerheads use no more than 2 gpm. To earn the label, a showerhead must perform as well as or better than similar, less efficient models.
Just by using these showerheads, the average family could cut water use by 2,900 gallons a year and save enough electricity to power the house for nearly two weeks.
Check the Features
Look for a showerhead that provides a water pressure between 40 and 60 psi; less than this and you’re likely to see clogs and leaks. Don’t just look at the specifications on the product packaging, though. Many hardware stores offer testers that let you check the showerhead’s pressure before you buy.
The size of your showerhead also affects the water pressure it provides. If you love the feel of a hot shower beating down on your back, opt for a showerhead that’s eight inches in diameter or smaller. If you prefer a gentler shower, look for a large rain head. For variety, choose a showerhead system with a detachable hand shower and a selection of body sprays and jet modules.
Don’t overlook appearance, either. To maintain a coordinated look in your bathroom, choose a showerhead that goes well with the rest of your fixtures. Look for one made of the same metal, such as chrome, brushed nickel or bronze, and in the same color.
To perform well, your showerhead must be installed correctly. While faucets are easy to replace, showerheads are a little more complicated and their installation should be left to a professional.
For more information on selecting the best showerhead, contact Roth Heating & Cooling. We proudly serve the home comfort needs of homeowners in and around the Portland area.