Is An Electric Shower Suitable For You?

Taking a soothing shower in the evening or starting your morning with a bracing cool shower are both pleasant ways to either relax or start the day! A lot of people prefer taking a shower to taking a bath; this can be for many reasons but one of the biggest ones is probably the cost. Taking showers as opposed to baths is considered to be economical as well as environmentally friendly as it saves water. Additionally, taking a bath often takes longer and in today’s busy paced lifestyle, time is often of the essence, especially in the mornings.

One thing that has to be taken into consideration when choosing which shower to fit is the type of hot water system in your home. If you have a hot water tank and a large family who will all be showering at similar times, you may find that you run out of hot water and have to wait for the tank to refill. In this instance it may be best to opt for an electric shower which runs independently of the hot water system and so will never run out of hot water.

Electric showers are connected directly to the mains cold water supply and are able to heat cold water immediately on demand. This means you can save money with these budget-friendly showers as they only heat as much water as you need rather than filling a whole hot water tank. Furthermore, electric shower users never run out of hot water meaning you can shower at any time of the day or night without waiting for the hot water tank to fill.

Electric showers are available in a range of different power ratings. Most companies offer showers with power ratings from 8.5 to 10.5 kilowatts. Showers with higher kilowatt ratings are able to heat water faster and so will have a higher water flow. However the benefits of lower kilowatt rating showers are they use less water per minute and require less electricity to operate so will be cheaper to run. 

Although features on each model will vary most will feature start/stop push buttons as well as dials to control the water flow and temperature. Look out for models with a single dial that controls both flow and temperature if you have a young family as these are easiest to operate. Other important features to look out for are over-temperature protection systems, which are designed to protect you from selecting an unsafe temperature, and phased shut-down, which flushes the heating element with cold water before turning off to ensure the next user doesn’t get a rush of hot water.

Electric showers are available in a range of finishes. If you want something classic and simple, opt for gloss white or satin chrome electric showers which will complement any bathroom. On the other hand, it’s possible to pick a more eye-catching shower finish to give your bathroom a sophisticated look. Why not install a shower in a gloss black finish with chrome accessories if you prefer modern and stylish bathroom designs. If you are replacing an existing shower try a multi-fit shower which is designed for this purpose. They boast large footprints which may help conceal the holes left after previous shower installations, and deep covers to make cable and pipe connections easier.

To conclude, great value electric showers are used in lots of households today. They are cost-effective solutions that require little maintenance yet offer immediate hot water on demand.