A sink faucet is actually a hot and cold water tap, to which designers have been interested.
The type of tap called "mixer" can be single hole. It has a single barrel on which are adapted the two control knobs of arrivals of cold and hot water. The mixer can also be "3-hole", the two operating handles being independent of the distribution body of the mixed water.
The single-lever faucet is a single-hole faucet that dispenses water at a temperature selected by a single handle, moving sideways for temperature control and vertical for flow rate.
Finally, initially reserved for communities and public places, electronic faucet has made its appearance at home.
1. The mixer
A washbasin mixer works like a the faucet, but consists of two separate handles and two control mechanisms: for hot water on the left and for cold water on the right. Both variants of the mixers
The single hole mixer
Both handles are on the body of the faucet.
The 3-hole mixer
The two handles are separated from the body of the faucet.
2. The mixer
The mixing valve allows the pre-dosing of hot and cold water using a single handle that also serves to adjust the temperature. debit. The setting of the temperature horizontally (hot water on the left, cold water on the right) while adjusting the debit water is done vertically (the more you lift the handle the more the amount of water is important).
The advantage of mixing valves is that the flow and temperature can be adjusted quickly and accurately enough.
3. Other models
High or raised spout
Depending on the basin or the needs of the user, there are also versions of so-called "high beak" or "swan-neck" mixers as well as raised mixers for free sinks.
Recessed wall versions
The wall-mounted washbasin taps include a recessed body that is in the wall.
They exist in mixer or mixer version with generally several nozzle lengths.
4 - Electronic faucets
Originally reserved for public buildings and public places, electronic taps make their appearance in private homes. These faucets work with a infra red system which allows you to deliver water only when you put your hands under the tap, and therefore only when you really need it... After a set time, the tap automatically closes to avoid consuming too much water.
The electronic mixing valves are powered either by battery or by the mains. It is possible to opt for a temperature adjustment by joystick or for a presetting the temperature without controller.
Text and photos: © Hansgrohe
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