Frequently Asked Questions
The Altered:Nozzle will be available in three different EU/US standard sizes. Regular, Junior and TomThumb. You find the exact measurements in the campaign if you scroll down. So the safest way is to check your current tap. Please note the measurements are the inner measurement of the socket NOT the outer.
Also make sure to check that you can unscrew you existing socket. Usually you can even it the socket is a little bit hidden underneath the faucet. But in some new taps you screw in the aerator. The Altered:Nozzle does not fit these taps.
If you can unscrew it and it's the right size, Then you're ready to go.Last updated:
*Updated step 3
Yes you can! Even though it's a little tricky. But let's go through it.
1) Choose the pledge with the quantity under the one you want.
(For example if you want three then choose a Combo Pledge with two Nozzles.)
2) Add extra to your pledge according to the cost of another Nozzle
(Take the amount of the Combo Pledge, Divide by 2. Add that amount to your pledge)
3) Send us a message (not comment) about the number of Nozzles you have pledged for. We see this in the backer report.
4) After the campaign we will get back to you to confirm, and also look if there might be any extra shipping charges. If there is an issue with shipping, then you will have the option to only pay for the original pledge (like the combo pack). If so the extra pledged amount will be refunded.Last updated:
We know saving 98% sounds amazing, and it is, but it really works! In a regular tap you only use a fraction of the water. When we atomize the water you come in contact with all of the water coming out of the tap. And speed of the mist makes it easy to rinse of soap and other residue.
You get totally soaked the second you put your hands under the tap. It's a great feeling. We wish you all could try it out!Last updated:
Yes you do!
It is a concentrated high speed mist cone that hits your hands with a lot of kinetic energy. You get totally drenched the second your hands are under the tap.
What about temperature? The mist is hottest at the Nozzle and then gradually gets cooler further away from the tap. So it is warm but not hot where you have your hands for example.
BUT, temperature is actually not important for cleaning hands. Look at this CDC study for example. http://bit.ly/1C92Q57 "The temperature of the water does not appear to affect microbe removal; however, warmer water may cause more skin irritation and is more environmentally costly".Last updated:
It requires a pressure of 2 BAR or just under 30 PSI. (Standard pressure in most houses is around 5-6 BAR or 70-85 PSI.) So it works on way lower pressure than that.
But we say 2 BAR and not suitable for pressure less systems. After that you loose the speed of the mist and hence some of the functionality.Last updated:
The mist is formed as a cone directed down in the sink. So most of the mist goes straight down.
With that said, yes you have some lighter mist that can drift of to the side. But it's not a big difference from when your washing plates and splashing a little on the side. It is absolutely not getting totally soaked outside the sink.
We would like for all of you to test the Nozzle!Last updated:
Sediment is not more of an issue then in other aerators. We have a filter that you can easily take out and rinse if necessary.
Like with all water there is an inevitable build up with hard water. The good news is that it very easy to unscrew the parts of the Altered:Nozzle, and then you have access to clean it very easily. Nothing is hidden away or difficult to get to.
We are also looking into different filters in order to see if we can choose one that is better at handling this issue.
One easy way to get rid of scale buildup is by soaking your Nozzles in vinegar or other descaling agents.Last updated:
For the Kickstarter these are the coatings/finishes that we know we can deliver. But we're sure you can find a combination that will look great at the end of your tap!Last updated:
The estimated retail price for the Nozzle is 499 Swedish kronor, €49 EURO and $55 USD.Last updated:
We have gotten questions about legionella and if you can contract it through inhalation of mist.
First of all we have developed the Altered:Nozzle to produce a heavier mist so that it is above the thresholds for inhalation. We are currently in a Lab to verify the droplet sizes of our mist.
Also, we would like to refer to to www.legionella.org, the leading not for profit research organisation regarding Legionellla. They are sure that inhalation (like in the shower) is NOT the main cause for legionella, but instead Aspiration. Aspiration means choking such that secretions in the mouth get past the choking reflexes and instead of going into the esophagus and stomach, mistakenly, enter the lung. This means drinking of contaminated water is not recommended (something that earlier have been said is safe).
But as I said, since it is still is a discussion about inhalation, we will confirm that the risks for inhalation is cancelled.
Even so, please note that the risk of legionnaires disease still is elevated for heavy smokers, people with chronic lung disease, organ transplantation and patients on corticosteroid medicines. It is not recommended that these groups drink tap water.
Information below is from: www.legionella.org
HOW DO YOU GET LEGIONELLA?
”Earlier theory is that the organism is aerosolized in water and people inhale the droplets containing Legionella. However, new evidence suggests that another way of contracting Legionella is more common.
”Aspiration" is the most common way that bacteria enter into the lungs to cause pneumonia. Aspiration means choking such that secretions in the mouth get past the choking reflexes and instead of going into the esophagus and stomach, mistakenly, enter the lung. The protective mechanisms to prevent aspiration is defective in patients who smoke or have lung disease. Aspiration now appears to be the most common mode of transmission.”
WHAT IF MY HOME HAS LEGIONELLA?
”… With respect to your question, there is no risk with use of a dishwasher, washing clothes, and showering. For immunosuppressed patients, we recommend that tap water not be drunk…”Last updated:
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