Touch-Free Technology to Reduce Germs in Your Home


| 7/14/2017 11:44:00 AM


Tags: Home Technology, Conserve Water, Energy, Smart Home, Roy Rasmussen,

When you talk about germs that are spread by touch, most people might think of bathroom handles and doors, or household surfaces. But you might not realize that your mobile device can be as dirty as the bottom of your shoe, according to research discussed in The American Journal of Infection Control. People take their mobile devices into bathrooms and public restrooms, handle them with dirty hands while eating, wear them inside sweaty clothes, and share them with other users who don't wash their hands. You can take steps to deter the spread of germs such as wiping down your devices with a moist microfiber cloth, or a sterilizing agent for more serious bacteria, but it's easier not to accumulate germs at all.

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That's where no-touch technology is helping combat the spread of contamination. Thanks to technology advances such as connected devices and voice control, you can reduce the number of times your hands come into contact with dirty surfaces. Here are some ways touch-free technology is helping stop the spread of germs in your home.

Touch-Free Bathroom Technology

Fighting household germs starts in your bathroom. The same type of no-touch faucet technology increasingly used in public bathrooms can also be applied to your home. Many automatic faucets cost hundreds of dollars, but for less than $50 you can get an iFaucet EZ Faucet Automatic Touch-Free Faucet Adapter. Powered by four AAA batteries and activated by an infrared sensor, the adapter turns on your faucet when you place your hands in front of it. The unit is drip-free so that it only runs water when you need it. For the same price or less, you can also install a simplehuman sensor pump, which can dispense soap or lotion.

Showerheads and bathtub faucets can be another source of germs. You can cut down on shower germs with a no-touch showerhead such as SmarTap. SmarTap lets you use no-touch technology to set your shower's maximum temperature, flow rate and time range, reducing the spread of germs while also conserving water and electricity. You can control SmarTap remotely through your mobile device or by using Amazon Echo.

Then there's toilets. American Standard has made using the toilet more hygienic by introducing no-touch ActiVate toilet flush technology. Just waving your hand lets you avoid touching a dirty toilet handle. The toilet and seat also use an antimicrobial additive that reduces germs.




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