Did You Know?
It is not recommended that you install an electric shower if the water in your mains supply is hard water.
An electric shower is connected to the mains water supply, and heats water as it flows through the head, giving you instant hot water. Most electric showers have a built-in thermostat that maintains a constant temperature of the water. If you wish to install an electric shower, you should have adequate water pressure in your mains supply.
If you don't, you can opt for pumped electric showers that increases the pressure of water. Electric showers are highly economical as they heat as much water as is required.
The best thing about electric showers is that they are independent of the boiler or other heating arrangements in your home. However, an electric shower should not be confused with a power shower, as the latter is designed to produce a forceful jet of water.
Factors to Consider While Buying an Electric Shower
Here are some essential features that you should look for when buying the electric shower that is best for you.
The spray pattern depends on the number of holes in the shower head that emits water, with the use of more holes producing a wider spray pattern. The use of the inner holes results in a forceful narrow jet of water.
While choosing a shower head, go for one that is easy to clean. Rub-clean rubber nozzles are the best option, because they are easy to clean and check for limescale buildup that may cause blockage. Most shower heads swivel in 3 directions, and some are designed to use as little water as possible.
You'll find electric showers with different power ratings, which affects the performance of the shower. A shower with a higher power rating is capable of heating a higher volume of water than a shower with a lower power rating.
This depends on whether the pressure in the mains supply is the same in both the cases. Power rating is measured in kilowatts (kw), and you can commonly find electric showers with power ratings of 7.5 kw, 8.5 kw, 9.5 kw, and 10.5 kw.
The showers with a higher power rating are more expensive, and also consume more electricity, as compared to the ones with a lower power rating that have low pressure but consume less electricity.
So, choose one as per your requirements. However, before you make a decision, make sure the wiring in your house is compatible with the power rating of the shower you intend to buy.
- Variable power settings to adjust the temperature of the water to suit your comfort.
- Memory functions to save your settings so that you won't have to reset them every time.
- Thermostat control to maintain constant temperature of water.
- Push-button control for ease of use.
- Shut-down function, which flushes out hot water before turning off, and checks for the buildup of limescale.
The raiser rail is the vertical metal rod that remains attached to the wall, and enables the user to adjust of the height of the shower head. It is recommended that you opt for longer shower rails which offers more flexibility. Some shower rails have hooks or soap cases, to conveniently place your soap or shower gel.
If your mains supply has low water pressure, you can opt for a pumped electric shower that has a pump to increase the force of water.
Also, the wiring and power rating should be same as that for the previous model. This way, it can be easily integrated into the bathroom, without making any major changes in the wiring and circuit of your bathroom.
Many modern models of electric showers come with an LCD screen that displays the temperature of water, along with other relevant information. However, this feature is one that you can skip if you don't feel that you need it.
So, have you decided on an electric shower yet? No matter which one you choose, you should always seek the help of a qualified professional during the installation and maintenance of the shower and its circuit.