Automation and Innovation: The Pros and Cons of the Modern Bathroom

automatic hand dryer

Automation is becoming a more common feature in workplace bathrooms, and has even begun to feature in residential washrooms — but is this a positive change? In this blog, the TWC team are breaking down exactly what washroom automation looks like, and what it might mean for the future of our industry.


What is Washroom Automation?

Many different types of bathroom equipment can now be purchased in a digital or hands-free form, from soap dispensers and hand driers to toilets and taps. Generally powered by electricity, automated equipment is designed to make a task quicker and easier. For example, an automated toilet will flush when the user waves their hand in front of a motion sensor, reducing the need for physical contact.


Why Automate the Washroom?

There are several benefits to automating your washrooms. The first is reducing waste — an automatic dispenser will provide the same amount of product every time, eliminating human error. This helps to avoid wasting water and protects the environment. It also reduces cross-contamination, as many of these devices are touchless; being able to flush a toilet and wash your hands without touching services makes it much harder for germs to spread throughout and beyond the washroom.


So… Is This A Good Idea?

Automating your washroom requires an initial investment, but the reduction in waste will help to save your workplace money over time, so that investment will be recouped. Automation also makes your washroom more accessible, ensuring that everyone feels welcome and is able to use your facilities. Overall, automating your washroom in a residential building is a personal preference, but in a corporate setting, it is the best decision you can make for your staff and your budget.


For more information on the benefits of washroom automation, you can contact the TWC team here.

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