There are two main types of valves: Thermostatic and Pressure Balanced. Use the information below to decide which valve type is right for you and your home.
A thermostatic valve mixes hot and cold water to ensure constant, safe outlet temperatures and prevent scalding. These mixing valves compensate for variations in both the temperature and pressure of the incoming water supplies to maintain a temperature that is within 1 degree Celsius of the selected temperature.
Along with providing immediate response to temperature fluctuation, thermostatic mixing valves also allow high storage temperatures, thereby reducing the risk of exposure to bacteria. The constant temperature regulation also greatly reduces the risk of thermal shock to the fixtures, increasing the lifespan of the faucet. A thermostatic valve will require the use of a volume control valve.
Pressure Balanced Valve
A pressure balanced mixing valve provides constant water pressure to prevent fluctuations in water temperature. Its internal parts are designed to safely maintain water temperature despite pressure fluctuations in the hot and cold water supply. Pressure balanced valves do not require a volume control valve.
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