5 Tips for Showers

MOST of us start our day by showering, but choosing a new shower can be confusing, so what do you need to consider?

1) There are three main types of shower power, electric and mixer. Power showers are ideal for homes with plenty of hot water -they mix hot and cold water to create the desired temperature and a built-in pump boosts the flow of water, creating a powerful spray, but they do use a lot of water, An electric shower only needs cold water because it heats the water as you shower and so will work even if the boiler is broken or turned off. Electric showers are often suited to homes with limited hot water. Mixer showers need a supply of both hot and cold water. and blend them to the required temperature - go for one with thermostatic control to ensure the temperature stays constant.

2) The latest technology, digital showers give you complete control at the touch of a button, so you can have exactly the same showering experience every time by presetting your preferences. The new range of digital showers can be controlled by a remote control -you can turn the shower on while in bathroom to personalise your shower settings, including the temperature and duration.

3) If your shower produces little more than a dribble, having an electric booster pump fitted should make it more of a deluge, but shower pumps aren't compatible with all boilers, or necessarily the right solution for your home.

4) In some older properties, it may be necessary to replace the pipework, especially the mains pipe, to improve the water flow rate. Unmodernised homes often have a small lead pipe bringing the mains water in from the street, but a new mains pipe will be much bigger and made of plastic, so it won't fur up like lead can. A better boiler and/or hot-water cylinder may also help, ask us for advice.

5) If your home has good water pressure, a budget option can be to fit bath- 
shower mixer taps instead of an over-bath shower These are bath taps with a fitting for a shower hose - you have to have bath taps anyway, so why not pay a bit more and get bath-taps that double as a shower? If they don't produce a good showering experience, bath-shower mixer taps are still useful for washing the bath, your hair and the dog.