In today’s world of hard and fast living, life really would not be the same without a shower. Indeed, whilst baths can provide a relaxing, tranquil and therapeutic experience showers are – in most cases at least – purpose-built for getting in, getting clean and getting out. The question that any home renovator or property developer must ask is not “should I install a shower?” but “what type of shower should I install?”. Also indicative of modern life an abundance of showers are available on the market.
At the lowest rung in shower technology, mixer showers vary considerably in quality and price but generally all operate in the same way. Mixer shower equipment consists of a valve that feeds off the existing hot and cold water supplies in order to mix them together so that a single flow of water is delivered to the shower head. Typically, this equipment is attached to the bath taps, which can be adjusted as necessary to control the temperature of the water flow.
Whilst mixer showers, as manufactured by companies such as Triton, are a popular, cheap and effective choice for many customers they do have their drawbacks. For instance, because other appliances are connected to the same pipes supplying the mixer shower, the water flow rate can be affected when one of these appliances is used. Unfortunately, this can result in freezing or scalding water running out of the shower head.
Electric showers on the other hand offer constant temperatures as they draw cold water directly from the mains feed pipe and heat it whilst the shower is in use. This has the added benefit of providing a highly efficient, economical and eco-friendly service, which has been further enhanced by manufacturers such as Aqualisa and Mira who regularly update their electric shower technology. One downside of electric showers is that they ought to require a professional installation which can in some cases be quite awkward and expensive.
Power showers normally provide the highest flow rate of any shower and are mixer showers that contain an integral pump. Unfortunately whilst providing optimal performance these showers can only be installed on low pressure, tank-fed systems and therefore cannot be used with combination boilers. Nevertheless, where there is plenty of stored hot water in the home, power showers are ideal. Furthermore, popular products such as the Bristan Thermostatic Power Shower 1000 can maintain water temperature to within 1 degree celsius.
Next Generation Digital Showers
Recently, a revolutionary new product has arrived on the scene – the digital shower. No this is not a futuristic prototype that will bombard the body with invisible rays of some form or another. Nor does it do anything conceptually different to its predecessors mentioned above. In fact, the digital shower is more of an improvement on existing technology. A massive improvement.
Indeed, digital showers offer the ultimate in shower temperature control. For example, GROHE’s digital wireless mixer shower and Triton’s digital shower range comprise mixer shower equipment that is controlled by a remote digital unit. This device allows for remote temperature management and in the event of a sudden drop in water pressure it instantly reacts to adjust the flow rate and temperature accordingly thus preventing the user from experiencing ice cold or scalding water. Awesome!