Make The Most Of A Mixer Shower

If you are in the middle of renovating or redecorating your bathroom you are probably also considering purchasing a new shower. But how do you know which shower is the right choice? Without in depth knowledge of plumbing or of your own water system this choice can prove more of a gamble than an educated decision. If you make the wrong choice, once the shower is installed, it can produce some unexpected results.

Firstly, it’s not just about the look of the shower. Of course this is important too, but there are more things that should be considered before you start shopping around for your replacement shower. Before you start looking anywhere you should first take a look at the water system you already have installed in your home.

If you have a combi-boiler, you should look at mixer showers that are optimised to perform with combi-boilers; these are often called combi showers. If you have an immersion heater with a gravity fed system, but find you often run out of hot water, you may want to opt for an electric shower. The benefits of the electric shower means you can always have a hot shower, regardless of what’s currently stored in your hot water tank. However, if you have a reliable hot water system in place, which can either be heated by a boiler or an immersion heater, mixer showers are recommended.

Mixer showers use a combination of the hot water heated from your water system with cold water to provide the temperature you have selected. Mixer showers have the added benefit of reduced issues with limescale; they are generally more durable and less prone to failure, as well as the bonus of being able to run at higher pressure. Most mixer showers are also compatible with fitting an additional pump, these pumps are utilised to really boost the pressure of your shower.

There are many different styles of mixer showers for your consideration, before making the choice of your purchase you should take a look in some suppliers’ brochures or research online for the various details on these showers. For example, here is a list of some various types of mixer showers available for purchase. Thermostatic showers, manual showers, exposed, concealed, and various showers that are optimised for the water system in your home such as gravity-fed, combi boiler and high pressure.

A lot of the unique features of each of these styles of showers are probably unknown to yourself, but with a little bit of time spent researching the options available you will no doubt soon find the style and type of shower that suits your requirements. If hot water is more important to you than pressure, choose an electric shower. This shower uses an internal heating element which is completely independent of the hot water heating system installed in your home.

If style is more important to you, you should take a look at the various styles of concealed models, which hide all the pipework behind the bathroom wall with just the controls and shower head protruding. Before spending your money make sure that you know the full range of mixer showers available and what features they offer to you.