These days our phones are smart, our home security is smart, even our lighting is smart. But what about your kitchen? These smart devices add functionality to just about every room in your home and you shouldn’t look over the kitchen. There are a number of sensors and connected devices that can transform your kitchen and one great option is a smart faucet.
While smart faucets aren’t as popular yet like smart lighting and thermostats might be, they can have a significant impact on how you use your kitchen. Not only can they turn off and on in different ways, they can also help you save money on your water bill. One other big advantage is that there are multiple ways to control the flow of water. In addition to standard handles or levers, many smart faucets have touch sensor panels that allow you to turn it off or on with basically no contact with the faucet. This adds convenience when you are using the sink and keeps the sink area clean when your hands may be dirty.
Depending on the model, some faucets can be controlled remotely using apps or voice controls. In many cases they can even be paired with Alexa or Google Assistant. This would let you control the faucet with an Amazon Echo or Google Home device allowing you to turn the water off and on while doing prep work or getting things ready for the water.
Smart Water Usage
Another benefit of smart faucets can be to help you control your water usage. The water saving features on smart faucets prevent wasting water by turning it off when you aren’t using the sink. This prevents you from accidentally leaving the water on when you are doing something else as well as preventing drips and other problems that can occur if you don’t close the valve all the way.
Some faucets even allow you to track your water usage over time with their connected apps. This can make you more aware of how much water you’re using in the kitchen and help you use less over time. Eliminating extra water use can save you money, as well as help the environment. And being aware of that water use is the first step in cutting back.
Installing a Smart Faucet
In most cases, installing a smart faucet is like installing any other faucet. Depending on the model, the “brains” of your faucet may be powered by batteries or a nearby outlet. If your faucet does need an outlet, be sure you have an outlet close enough to get power to your faucet. Once installed, there may be a but of additional set up such as if you will use the faucet with an Alexa device or Google Home.