- Garden Design
Fountains, both indoor and outdoor though outdoor fountains are way more popular, have always been popular decoration in many homes, businesses, and outdoor spaces in general around the world. Indoor fountains are growing more popular now in both businesses and homes now because they can improve the a home aesthetically, give financial benefits through Feng Shui, and have health benefits as well. Indoor fountains run on a closed-loop system recirculating the water that is already in the fountain. It uses a pump that is usually hidden to pull the water upwards through a tube so that he can “fall down” from the front where it is visible. The only water that is lost is through evaporation so there is no wasted water.
Why Have an Indoor Fountain In Your Home
Fountains were first developed as a source of plumbing for water supply for drinking and washing in the 17th and 18th century. Fountains are now considered pieces of artwork in many places around the world as decor for their cities making them tourist attractions. From the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas putting on gorgeous water shows to the Trevi Fountain in Rome featuring the beautiful ancient sculptures fountains are everywhere and now fountains are growing popularity inside homes as beautiful artwork as well.
Asides from using fountains as décor for your house many people use indoor fountains to improve their Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a astronomy system developed by the Chinese that is suppose to balance the qi in you life and bring you good luck. Water symbols wealth and prosperity and having moving water inside your home it will help bring the wealth and prosperity to you. Of course, depending where in your home it is placed it can help improve other aspects in your life. If you place your indoor fountain in the eastern area of your home it will improve health and family relations, southeast will bring wealth and prosperity, north will help in career and path in life. But putting a water fountain in the south part of your home or in your bedroom is not advised as it brings bad lucks instead.
On top of bring good qi to you and your family and improving the esthetic of your home having a indoor fountain is actually beneficial to your health. Water sound has always been known to be sooth and comforting which is the reason why most spas use water noises as a background noise or white noise in your business. So if you want a calm and relaxed environment in your home having a indoor fountain will definitely give you that. Fountains can be a source of negative ions, when negative ions is inhaled, are believed to help with depression, anxiety, and stress. Only when water is splashed or raptured the negative ions can be produced and released into the air, which can be done so with a fountain. Humidity is also produced when water is moving so instead of having a humidifier inside your home you can just use a indoor fountain.
Types of Indoor Fountain For Your Home
After knowing all the benefits of having an indoor fountain the next step is to find one that is right for you. There are three different types of indoor water fountains that you can purchase for your home; stand-alone fountains, tabletop fountains, and wall mounted fountains.
Stand alone fountains ranges in size and tend to be more extravagant. They do produce the most ions but are louder then a tabletop fountain. Stand alone fountains also ranges in price so you can find indoor stand alone fountains from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending how extravagant you want it to be.
Having limited on space will not be a problem since there is a smaller alternative which is table top fountains. They are usually cheaper in price as you can find them from $30.00 (or cheaper if you find them on sale) to a couple hundred dollars. Again it will depend on how extravagant you want your indoor fountain to be. Another added benefit of having a table top fountain is that you can put it anywhere in your home because it is small and also can be moved easily.
If you are really limited on space or if you want your indoor fountain to be more stealth then you can find wall mountain fountains. But because it is wall mounted you will have to make sure that the area you want to place your wall mounted fountain can be supported. Wall mounted fountained also tend to be on the pricier side ranging from a few hundred dollars to few thousand dollars. They are less noisy then stand alone fountains but can create as much ions as stand alone fountains.
Maintenance Of Your Indoor Fountain
Cleaning procedure of an indoor fountain is pretty standard to all water fountains. The steps are as followed:
- Turn off and unplug your water fountain
- Remove any decorative add-ons from the fountain
- Remove pump from fountain
- Remove water from fountain
- Clean your fountain with warm water and mild liquid soap mixture, calcium lime removal product, or distilled white vinegar using a soft sponge or toothbrush for parts that are harder to clean
- Use a soft cloth or rag to clean and dry excess cleaning substance from inside of fountain
- Place pump back into fountain
- Place any decorative pieces back into fountain
- Refill with fresh water
- Power on fountain and observe for a few minutes to make sure it is everything was installed properly
- Do not use copper cleaning products
- Do not use bleach or similar cleaning solvents or sponges
- Make sure pump is full submerged in water at all times
- Use distilled water
- Keep your pump on constantly instead of turning it on and off to prolong the life of your pump