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What Is The Benefit Of Using A Faucet Aerator?
- Mar 14, 2018 -

A faucet aerator are on indoor water fixtures and create a stream with little to no splash. 
These are also used to shape the stream of water escaping the spout. It also reduces the noise the faucet’s running water makes and increases the water pressure.
 
The faucet aerator has three main components and is located at the faucet’s end (where the water comes out). 
These components are the housing, a rubber washer and a mesh insert. The mesh does the most work by using holes to restrict water flow with pockets of air. 
This helps create a more consistent water pressure and uses less water. As the name implies, air is introduced into water, like the origin of the word aerate. 
The many smaller streams created offer consistency in flow and pressure by preventing a heavy stream from barreling out of the spout. 
 
The benefits of getting aerators for your faucets are:
 
- Savings on money and water 
- No more splashing 
- Less noise
- No more dirt and debris 
 
Not only do aerators control the stream, but they also serve as a filter for debris that can come through the faucet. This will build up, so it’s important to remove and clean it every so often. 
 
It’s really easy to do so--simply unscrew the aerator from your faucet. This should be pretty easy, but if it’s on there tight, you can use a wrench. 
 
Once you’ve done that, remove the washer from the inside/top of it and gently push out the mesh insert. Run the filter insert through water to clean it and, if need be, use a pin to get any debris that is still stuck. 
 
A mix of vinegar and water can also give it a good cleaning. Put the aerator back together the same way you took it apart and attach it to the faucet. 
 
If something is permanently wrong with your aerator, most models will come with a warranty. It’s important to choose the right one for your faucet in the first place. 
 
Most importantly, check out the type of threading you’ll be attaching it to. Female threads are on the interior of the spout edge and the male threads are visible on the outer edge of the spout. 
 
For a female threaded faucet, you’ll need a male threaded aerator. For a male threaded faucet, you’ll need a female threaded aerator.
 
Typical sizes are 15/16” and 55/64” for male and female, respectively. Junior sizes are 13/16” male and ¾” female. Sizes that aren’t standard will require an adapter to change your faucet’s threading or size.
 
The most basic design screws onto the end of your faucet and gives you the aerated results you need. 
 
Others will be a swivel so you can choose and move the direction of the stream, and some even have multiple stream options. 
 
Diverter-style aerators allow for use of countertop filters along with the attachment to the faucet. 
 
To get a true aerated effect, the attachment should not create a spray or laminar stream of water, only the white-ish, soft stream.