Choosing A Shower: An Electric or Mixer Shower

Today a growing number of homeowners choose showers for their homes instead of baths. This solution is both economical and environmentally-friendly as a 5 minute shower can save up to 50 litres of water compared to a bath. Everyone wants the ultimate design for their bathroom suites and choosing a suitable type of shower is one element of this.

There are a lot of shower types and designs available from an array of high-street and online stores. When deciding what type of shower to choose, be it an electric shower or a mixer shower, it’s important to be well aware of the way the hot water is heated in your house. Some showers can’t be used with particular heating systems, so when you know how your home water system works you’re able to determine the best possible option for your household.

Generally, there are two main types of water heating systems used in the UK: instantaneous water heating system which heats water as required and hot water storage which stores hot water ready to use. So, if you have the first type of water system with plentiful hot water available anytime and a good level of water pressure as well, then you might opt for a mixer shower which is the best option so far. On the other hand, if you live in a larger household with stored hot water which is used up rather quickly and then has to be heated again, the right shower for you is likely to be an electric shower.

Electric showers are suitable for any household as they work independently of your hot water system and possess a number of user-friendly safety features like anti-scald devices or a phase shutdown which protects the next shower user. However, a mixer shower remains a popular choice due to its contemporary design and easy installation. Mixer showers work by mixing together hot and cold water drawn from the heating system. Depending on your hot water system they can provide a greater flow of water compared to electric showers, particularly for those with a high-pressure system.

When you have chosen the type and model of shower you wish to install, the next step is to decide on their location options. Showers can be located in either a standalone enclosure, or fitted over a bath. If space is limited an over the bath shower is the perfect solution to allow the option of both bathing or showering.

When installing a mixer shower over the bath, it’s important to make sure that water doesn’t spray onto the floor. The simplest method, which is also a cost-effective one, is to hang a plastic or nylon curtain across the exposed side of the bath. Still some water will always find a way to escape, hence the preferred solution might be fitting a glass shower screen or installing an enclosed shower unit.

All in all, when choosing a shower for your house or apartment, there are two main factors that need to be taken into account. First, you need to determine the type of your home water system and secondly, you need to define your budget as there’s a multitude of shower options to suit both your bathroom décor and budget.