What Is A Low Flow Shower Head?

You could use up to 60 gallons of water if you take a shower for as little as ten minutes with an old-fashioned showerhead.

Numerous conventional showerheads deliver a performance of five gallons or more every minute.

With a limited flow shower, the average is approximately 2.5 gallons per minute or GPM, while many other faucets dispensing as little water as 1.6 GPM, reducing the total volume of water you use for a single shower.

There are many reasons why installing a controlled or limited output showerhead is good.

It mitigates environmental problems, is cost-effective, and contains various options that you don’t get to have in the normal showers.

Let’s talk more about it.


What is it?

A low-flow showerhead is a showerhead type that uses designs to control the water amount you waste while showering and improves water efficiency in your lifestyle.

The showerheads obviously have no way of detecting when you take a long luxurious shower, but they can help you control your water bills.

How important is it?

Heating the water consumes the second-highest cost of energy for an average household.

For many of these households, this makes up around 15% of the electricity bill after cooling and heating costs.

You can curb these costs with simple tricks and tricks like buying more efficient dishwashers, using cold water to wash clothes, etc.

In the same way, you can control the use of water here.

Data shows that you use around 18 gallons on average during a small eight-minute shower every day.

This stat alone should give you enough reason to consider low-flow showerheads and invest in the conservation of water.

Transitioning towards energy-conserving showerheads or faucets can help you save a lot of money too.

Therefore, it’s important to understand what these low-flow showerheads are and how you can choose the best one.

How to choose one?

  • Find a model that has a flow rate of fewer than 2.5 gallons per minute.
  • Figure out whether you prefer a laminar or aerating head.
  • Aerating head implies that the water is merged with the air, creating a fog-like mist.
  • Laminar-flow head on the other hand is a head with separate streams.

Sometimes, the most efficient low-flow choices contain a flow limiter.

A flow limiter lets more or less water through the lines or regulates the flow so that you can adjust the rate of flow to what you require depending on the water pressure you prefer.

Before starting to look for water-efficient showerheads, there are several things you need to figure out starting with knowledge about the product’s flow rate.

Before regulations set in, a typical head used to disperse water at a whopping 8 gallons per minute, allowing a normal 8-minute morning shower to consume 65 gallons.

This is why it’s important to buy something within the government regulations that are there to conserve water.

Last Updated on May 17, 2021 by Kaalimbar Vazentini

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Hi, this is Kaalimbar, and I'm a professional plumber by trade and a part-time blogger by night. I've been working in this field for the last 10 years. And this blog is where I share my experience and knowledge with you. See you around.