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Are Low-flow Showerheads Really the Better Deal?

October 01 / 2015

Let’s get real for a moment. When you think of the typical, 1990’s low-flow showerhead, what is the first thought that pops into your head? For most people, they imagine a shortened showering experience with lukewarm water that comes to a slow, icy-cold halt when the water emerges as nothing more than a trickle from the showerhead. We get the hesitancy that many homeowners feel when it comes to installing low-flow fixtures. But, what would you say if we told you that the preconceived notions you have of these water-saving showerheads are wrong? You’d probably still be doubtful, and we get that. So, let’s take a minute to examine the many benefits and address some of the myths.

Low-flow Versus Regular Showerheads

It may be hard to believe, but the only tangible difference between the two options is the amount of water used. That regular shower head in your bathroom right now is using approximately 2.5 gallons of water every minute. Let’s think about that for a moment. Most people don’t think of water the way they think about other things. So, let’s pretend that every minute you’re pouring 2.5 gallons of milk down the sink. You would never waste that much milk or money, right? So, why are you willing to waste as much as 40 gallons of water and spend extra money for a 15-minute shower? The best low-flow showerheads reduce the amount of water used by half and, in some cases, 75%. Most low-flow showerheads use 1.5 to .5 gallons each minute.

Why the Misconception?

The confusion most certainly is due to the “low-flow” terminology being used. Rightfully so, homeowners believe that they’re paying more for a product that is going to deliver less. This is why low-flow showerheads have such a poor reputation among consumers. The truth is that these devices actually provide full spray strength and converge as traditional showerheads. They also deliver the same amount of water pressure. The difference is that the rate of water usage per minute is significantly less. In reality, the only difference users of low-flow showerheads will see when they make the switch is on their monthly utility bills.

$20 Can Get You Started Saving Today!

Did you know that entry-level, low-flow showerheads can cost as little as $20? Of course, depending on the style of the showerhead and its features the price can vary. However, if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to reduce your carbon footprint, purchasing a basic, low-flow showerhead is an easy way to do this. For more information about how these fixtures can save you money and how they promote water conservation, give a licensed plumber a call at Rooter Hero Plumbing to learn more.