A Guide to Electric Showers.
Electric showers are building themselves a reputation as being one of the most reliable forms of showers around. They are great for families and even better for saving on heating bills. But, with being a popular option for showers this also means that there are endless varieties of it, which can leave you confused and quite frankly unimpressed. Luckily for you, however, we have broken it all down to give you a clear and concise electric shower guide.
First you must understand that an electric shower does not mean that it is going to be a powerful shower with plenty of water flow. That is a common mistake and can leave people confused when having a shower for the first time in their shiny new shower for it to only dribble as it always had done (We write this electric shower guide after one customer made this mistake!). This would be a problem with the mains supply and you would have to take the matter up with your mains water supplier.
What is an Electric Shower?
An Electric Shower uses the mains water supply and heats it up as it passes through to the shower head. This means that the amount of pressure that you will encounter is limited to the pressure of the mains water supply. However, this makes them the most economical types of shower as they only use the water needed and heat it as it goes through, using around 1/5th of the amount of water it takes to fill a bath. And the temperature of your shower isn’t affected when someone else is using water throughout the house, making it ideal for the family home.
What Options are Available?
You can buy electric showers in three different power ratings which are 8.5KW, 9.5KW and 10.5KW. A common misconception about these ratings is that the higher they are, the greater the flow of water through to your shower head, but this is not the case, as it only refers to the speed of which the water can be heated at as it passes through. This basically means that if your mains water supply has a fast flow you will need a higher power rating to heat the water to your desired temperature. You must also take into account the regulations around installing an electric shower as it is stated in the IEE Wiring Regulations that you should have a certified installer carry out all installations.
What are Common Features of an Electric Shower?
A great feature of some electric showers is that it offers a temperature stabilisation, which means that it can keep a constant temperature of water even when someone else throughout your house is using water. This can reduce the risk of being scolded in the shower when flow rate can begin to fluctuate.
Another one is a phased shutdown safety feature which essentially keeps the water flowing for a few seconds after turning the shower off. This will allow the hot water that is left in the shower to flow out and therefore prevent the risk of scolding. It also works as a way to keep the inside of the shower from getting lime scale making it a more hygienic option.
The final function that is common in electric showers is a power control feature which enables you to enjoy a more economical shower. They come in three settings labelled low, medium and high. This is not however referring to the flow of water but the heat setting of the unit, as you will not need a high powered heat setting in the summer because the mains supply will be warmer than during winter.
We hope this electric shower guide has helped you to comprehend the world of electric showers; though if you have any more questions we're more than happy to help. Email us with any enquiries.