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March 11th 2016
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Different Types of Showers

There are several important factors to take into account when choosing a shower. You will need to consider your boiler type, the water pressure in your house and how many people will need to use the water supply at the same time. You will also need to decide how powerful you want the shower’s water flow to be and what style and design you prefer.

There are 4 main shower types to choose from:  mornings can be a pain in a big household as

Electric showers
Electric showers draw cold water directly from the mains supply before heating it, which is good for your energy bills, as you only heat the water you need. They are the only type of shower that's independent of the hot water system, so if your boiler fails you can still have a hot shower.

Electric showers do tend to have a weaker flow than mixer and power showers, although some come with an integral pump to help to combat this problem. With ordinary electric showers, the water may get very hot if the cold water supply is being used elsewhere in your house but you can get thermostatic electric showers which can control the water temperature even if other people are using water when you are having a shower.

Electric showers accept water and electric connections from either the left or right, or in some cases, from both sides.

Remember – you should have your electric shower installed by an expert as the high-power electrical element needs to be connected to a separate fused electrical supply circuit.

Power showers
Power showers work by pre-mixing hot and cold water and increasing the water flow rate with an electric pump to provide a high-pressure shower. They are ideal for use in homes with low water pressure but they do use more water than standard electric showers, so can be more expensive to run.

Mixer showers
Mixer showers combine the hot and cold water supplies. This means you need either a combi boiler or immersion heater to provide ready-heated water. One advantage of this type of shower is that
any pipe work can be concealed behind the tiles, giving a sleeker and tidier appearance. You can also get bath and shower mixers, where the temperature and flow are controlled by adjusting the bath taps.

Digital showers are controlled by a panel that communicates with the shower’s power unit to adjust flow and temperature. The power unit is often installed in a loft or airing cupboard and the control panel can be located within a 10m radius allowing you more freedom when planning your bathroom. Hot water is delivered either through the wall or ceiling depending on your choice of installation

Digital showers offer an unbeatable combination of state of the art technology, stylish choices, freedom and ease of installation.