Today’s low flow toilet and HET options are worth considering!
Investing in a low flow toilet saves both water and money. You may think a low flow toilet won’t work as well as your old toilet. But the truth is today’s low flow toilets do not resemble the original model first manufactured in 1994. At that time, a low flow toilet used less than 2 gallons per flush while a standard toilet might have used up to 7 gallons. Unfortunately, the small amount of water used in low-flow toilets performed in an inefficient manner.
Step into the Modern World Filled with Low Flow & HET Toilet Options
Today, low-flow toilets flush properly without using excessive amounts of water. Think about purchasing a high-efficiency toilet or HE toilet when it is time to update your bathroom. EPA estimates show you will save money by using less water every year. If you have several bathrooms, multiply the savings for each toilet.
Shop for a Toilet Bearing an Approved WaterSense Label
Shopping for the right HET toilet is easy when you look for a WaterSense label identifying the toilet as a certified HET receptacle. The WaterSense certification means that an independent laboratory certified the toilet. Each HET toilet has a specific Maximum Performance (MaP) rating. The MaP figure lets you know if the toilet’s low-flush also removes waste in an acceptable way. For instance, you can find toilets with MaP ratings as low as 250 grams and as high as 1,000 grams. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the minimum acceptable number equals 350 grams while the gold standard number equals more than 500 grams.
Select your Preferred Flush Option
Similar to an older low-flow toilet, an HET toilet has various flush mechanisms. Each flush option has a different price tag and noise level. Plus, you need to decide how much of an impact you want your toilet to make on the environment. A gravity-flush toilet features the standard type of flush mechanism relying on the water’s weight. A pressure-assist toilet relies on compressed air created at the top of the toilet tank. Unlike the gravity-flush option, a pressure-assist mechanism increases its flush capabilities based on the amount of compressed air. Plus, the pressure-assist option performs each flush with less than 1 gallon of water.
The drawback associated with a pressure-assist flush is that it can be loud. If you do not want to hear this noise each time the toilet flushes, choose a gravity-flush HET toilet. You can also find tankless HET toilets which flush using an electric pump in lieu of gravity or pressure. The problem with this type of toilet is that you need to use electricity every time you press the flush button. Plus, the toilet is more expensive to purchase and maintain.
Consider the Amount of Money you will Save on an Annual Basis
If you want to cut down on the amount of water used in your household, a new HET toilet will help you reach your goal. You could save about $150 on your utility bill each month. and an estimated $3,000 over the life of the toilet.
Think About Installing a Dual-Flush HET Toilet
You also have the option of installing a dual-flush HET toilet featuring two flush buttons on the toilet’s tank. You can select the half flush button or the full flush button. If the toilet only contains liquid, choose the half flush option. Otherwise, select the full flush button.
Remember to do your Research
Look at online reviews before you buy a toilet. Read about different models and maintenance costs. Study positive and negative reviews. Check out the prices at various online vendors. Calculate the shipping costs and read the vendor’s policy regarding returns. You can also buy a more elegant model for an additional price. However, remember that your new toilet is designed to last a long time. Accordingly, choose an HET toilet featuring practicality, convenience and appearance so that every person in your family enjoys the luxury of a modern receptacle. When you’ve got your new toilet and are ready to have it installed, give our Denver plumbing company call and schedule a plumber to come out!