Shopping for a Low Flush Toilet
Today's consumer is an environmentally conscious one. Homeowners who are building or remodeling their homes are concerned with water and energy conservation. This trend has lead to homeowners installing green or environmentally-friendly products.
One popular fixture is the low flush toilet. Although many people are aware of this product, choosing the right one for your home offers some challenges. Here are some tips to help you make the right decision.
Understanding the differences between a traditional and low flush toilet is important. These models look the same cosmetically, measure the same in size, but the distinct difference is the amount of water used. A low flow and ultra low flow model use only half the water per flush - approximately 1.6 gallons per flush, as opposed to the 6.5 gallons used by traditional toilets.
In some cases, some low flush models are not fitted with the traditional flap located in the tank which allows for two different flushes, one being a shorter flush using less water and the longer flush using more water to eliminate the waste from the bowl. Knowing the differences between models will help you choose which one is right for you.
Low flush and ultra low flush models come in two categories: pressure assisted or gravity fed. Pressure assisted employs a motorized pump within the model that forces the water into the bowl at a higher pressure. This model tends to be louder than the gravity fed models which have the same design of the siphoning tube found in traditional toilets. However, pressure assisted models use up to 45 percent less water per flush.
Consumers need to be aware that the initial up front cost of either model will be considerably higher than that of a traditional toilet due to the advanced technology employed to manufacture them and their inner mechanisms. An important aspect is the long term investment. These low flush toilets will use less water and will be a good return on your investment by reducing your water bills.
When in doubt, seek assistance from a trusted associate at your local home improvement store. They have the knowledge to help you decide which American Standard Toilets