One of the things that make many of our lovely Bolton clients the happiest is the joy of getting rid of a mouldy out-of-date bathroom and having it replaced with a lovely shiny sparkling new one. Not only can a fantastic bathroom increase the value of your home, but it can also make living in it surprisingly nicer! However there a few decisions that when designing and kitting out your new bathroom are of paramount importance – and choosing which type of shower to install is one of them. Many people start every day with a shower and having the right one can mean a refreshing and reinvigorating start to that day, but the wrong shower can result in nothing more than a lacklustre and frustratingly disappointing experience.
There are four main categories of showers and choosing the right one for you depends on many factors including your water pressure, plumbing system, boiler type as well as personal preference. Read on for our guide to finding the right shower for you.
Electric showers heat the water as you go and so only require a cold water supply to function. They tend to use less energy as they only heat the amount of water that you need however most electric showers do have a slower flow rate than many other types, although some models are available with a separate pump which can increase the flow rate. These showers also need to be installed by a specialist electrician as they require a dedicated electrical circuit.
Power showers draw from both the hot and cold water supplies and have a built in pump to boost the flow rate. They can be great if your house has low water pressure, however in general they use more water than other types of shower and so can affect your water bills.
Mixer showers also draw from both the hot and cold water supplies and so require a combi boiler or immersion heater to provide a ready supply of hot water. They also provide a stronger water flow rate than electric showers, but not as strong as a power shower unless you install a separate pump, which can be costly.
These are the latest advance in shower technology. They work with both electric and mixer showers and the water is thermostatically controlled in a processor box. This ensures that the temperature doesn’t spike when someone else in the house turns a tap on. The processor box can be installed away from the actual shower unit itself which can ease installation and keep the look of the shower smooth and clean. Also some digital showers are able to have the control unit installed up to 10m away from the shower itself, meaning that you can switch it on and get the water up to temperature before stepping in.
For more information about finding the right shower for you and achieving the bathroom of your dreams contact Wisecraft Ltd today.