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18th January 2019
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Patent granted for Abode Pronteau 4 in 1
Combining convenience with user safety, the Abode Pronteau 4 in 1 mixer tap has been granted a patent for its technology which makes it one of the safest steaming hot water taps on the market.
The innovation comes in the form of the Hotkey, a simple but effective mechanism for the safe delivery of piping hot water. Hidden inside the tap body, a proximity sensor detects when the HotKey is nearby, activating the boiler to pump steaming hot water through a separate central channel to the spout. This is insulated, meaning the water arrives hot but the outside surface of the tap remains cool and safe to the touch.
Ideal for hands-free use, the HotKey also attaches to the front of the tap body to safely deliver steaming hot water in an instant. When not in use, the HotKey magnetically self-locates for convenient storage behind the tap.
For added peace of mind in the family kitchen, the HotKey can be stored out of reach up on the fridge or extractor hood so small hands can use the Pronteau tap safely for normal water requirements. Without the Hotkey, the tap becomes a regular 3-way mixer tap delivering your everyday hot and cold as well as your filtered cold drinking water.
"The HotKey not only ensures safety when using the Pronteau 4 in 1 mixer... unlike with a push-down sprung handle, it also makes it simple to use by those with mobility issues and for tasks such as filling heavy pans with steaming hot water," explains Paul Illingworth, Abode design manager.
"The great advantage of all hot water taps is that they eliminate the risk of scalding from accidently spilling large volumes of water and you don't need to lift and tip heavy kettles, but the HotKey technology from Abode takes this safety to the next level, making Pronteau the perfect choice for the family kitchen."
There are five mixertaps in the Pronteau 4 in 1 range, offering all the benefits of standard kitchen mixers but with the addition of pH balanced, limescale free filtered cold and 80-98º filtered steaming hot water, on demand, 24/7.
The range incorporates the ProBoil3 boiler unit, an intelligent and compact self-diagnostic boiler which sits comfortably under the sink to deliver over 50 cups an hour. At 80-98 degrees, Pronteau delivers water in a structured and controlled way, eliminating spitting and spurting.
"With the removable dispenser key, touch-safe surface temperatures, an unpressurised boiler, eco modes, electrical approvals and WRAS approval in progress, we are confident that the Pronteau 4 in 1 range is one of the safest products on the market today," concludes Paul.
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