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I want a new Shower!

Posted by Brenda Evans : Friday 13th November 2015

I want a new shower I hear you say!  If only it was that simple is what I say!!  I said exactly those words not too long ago and it opened a mind field of questions – “Well madam, do you want a power shower, or electric or would you prefer a thermostatic??”  Hadn’t got a clue!!  I am now a mind of information on showers and all the different types, so I thought I would share my knowledge with you for when you say  “I want a new shower!”

There are several different  types, but even before you choose your shower you need to understand the way the hot water is already heated in your house and your water pressure, as some showers cannot be used with some heating systems.                                                  

ELECTRIC SHOWER – Heats the water as you go, so you only need a cold water supply. Another bonus ladies as it saves money on energy bills and if your boiler breaks down, you can still get a hot shower. However on the down side they do tend to have a weaker flow, but you can get an integral pump to help solve this problem.  Limescale can also be a common problem.  The water can get very hot if the cold water supply is being used elsewhere in the house – so watch out if hubby decides to fill the kettle up!! However the good news is, if you get a thermostatic electric shower you can control the temperature and prevent this happening, which would also prevent household arguments!!

POWER SHOWER = combine water from the the cold and hot water supplies.  Power showers have built in pump which is great if your house has low water pressure, you don’t want a limp shower ladies! Installing a power shower is less fiddly than buying a separate pump to boost a standard mixer shower, but they do use a lot more water than electric showers, so if you have a water meter, bear this in mind.

MIXER SHOWER  - combine hot and cold water supplies which mean you need a combi boiler or immersion heater to provide ready-heated water.  Some work with any system, others are designed for high or low pressure systems – so you need to check before you buy.  Now, you could get a thermostatic mixer shower so, if for example hubby kindly turns on the cold water while you’re having your shower, the water will cut out rather than him being responsible for scalding you, which I’m sure you’ll agree will prevent quite  an argument!!

DIGITAL SHOWER – very super and spandangaly – these are the latest  innovation and come in pumped, unpumped, electric or mixer models.  The water comes from a small processor box which mixes hot and cold water to the desired temperature – so no nasty shock if a certain someone turns on the cold tap!!  The processor box can be out of sight and the water flowing to the shower head can be via the riser rail, the wall or the ceiling.  This mean you won’t have to drill through any existing tiles. Another plus is that if you buy one with wireless or Bluetooth technology you can install the control unit up to 10 metres away meaning you can get your water hot before getting in!! Obviously these come in more expensive than other showers.  But they are a little more luxurious.

Wow I hear you say.  I know, a lot to take in but its worth having all the facts so you can pick the right shower for YOU!!