celindion. faucet design. February 23rd , 2018.
Somewhere deep inside, many people would have loved a touch sensitive faucet in their kitchen. However, the ability of a faucet to turn on with just a light touch may sound too tricky, unbalanced, unpredictable and uncontrollable. What if there are young children or pets in the kitchen that can activate the faucet by accident? The most widespread reason for rejecting touch sensitive faucets is just the fear that it may not be suitable for families with children or pets.
There may be a number of well-grounded reasons for not having touch sensitive faucets in your kitchen. The most widespread one is by far the price that is much higher for touch faucets than for their non-sensitive versions. Some other reasons might be affection for traditional ways, firm determination not to spoil yourself and your family with too effortless ways or plain reluctance to mess with batteries when they need to be changed.
If a cat touches your touch sensitive faucet, it will, most likely, be too long a contact for the faucet to turn on. A canary landing on the faucet won′t activate it either. Well, how likely is a situation when your kitten would be sitting there and touching the faucet with its paw? Situations of this kind are extremely unlikely to happen. But even if they do once in a while, a good faucet has a built-in system that turns the water off automatically after a certain period of inactivity. It is usually configured somewhere between 3 and 5 minutes. So even if the faucet gets turned on by some unusual circumstance, the loss from that will be rather insignificant.
It is quite obvious that the touch feature is powered by electricity. Sometimes people ask whether the faucets need to be connected to the mains. They think it might be dangerous. Others mistrust the very idea of electricity and water being together in a faucet. In fact, the touch sensitive faucets are powered by a set of four or six 1.5 V batteries. The voltage reached by such a pack does not exceed 9 volts, which is considered safe voltage even by the strictest regulations. The electricity, however weak, never comes in contact with water. In a typical touch sensitive faucet, water runs inside pipes made from non-conductive materials. So there is no threat whatsoever that could be attributed to the use of electricity in touch sensitive faucets.