A Low-Flow Toilet Is a Plumbing Investment That Will Save You Money
If you’re remodeling your bathroom or looking to upgrade your existing toilet, investing in a low-flow toilet can save you quite a bit annually on water costs.
Consider the following factors when selecting a new low-flow toilet to find the best fit for you and your home:
Since its introduction in 1994, low-flow toilet technology and consumer satisfaction have improved dramatically. Flushing methods include:
- Siphonic method: Siphonic action pulls waste from the bowl. This method is common in North America.
- Wash-down method: This method pushes waste out of the bowl. It’s common in Europe, however as this is a key market, most dual-flush models use this method.
Choosing the best model
- Plunger or brush? – Wash-down models offer larger trapways that reduce clogging, but less water in the bowl increases the probability of needing to brush the bowl clean post-flush. Siphonic models provide more water, and thus less necessity for brushing, however the smaller trapway can result in more clogging.
- Efficiency – Look for models that meet high efficiency toilet (HET) standards to maximize water and utility savings. The WaterSense label, endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is also a good choice. Their models have been tested to clear waste effectively and use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush.
- Design – Design can affect performance, comfort and fit. Tall toilets that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act clear waste better since water has more distance to fall. Round bowls clear waste better than elongated bowls, as released water is more efficient at removing waste in smaller bowls. Additionally, try out different heights, seat shapes and rim designs before purchasing your new toilet to ensure comfort. You should measure for space before shopping to ensure that your selection fits properly as well.
- Noise – While noise doesn’t affect how well a toilet clears waste, it can affect your satisfaction with a toilet.
- Price – In general, price is not a measure of flush performance, and a more expensive toilet does not necessarily mean a better one.
For help choosing and installing a low-flow toilet in your home, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. Apollo Home offers residential and light commercial services to the greater Cincinnati area.
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