With summer here, at least for the moment, a lot of us are making the most of getting out and about while the sunshine lasts. Whether you choose to spend the day at the beach, give the garden an overhaul, or perhaps head out on the bike, after being inspired by Team GB, you have to agree that there’s nothing like a nice shower afterwards to refresh and revitalise.
Whereas showers have previously mostly been used at the beginning and the end of each day, increasingly, showers are being used throughout the day. So it’s becoming more and more important to make sure our showers are easy to use, convenient and energy-efficient – and all for an affordable price tag!
If your criteria are similar to this then your perfect shower could be an electric shower. Gone are the prehistoric white boxes on the wall – today’s electric showers have undergone something of a revolution, and are suited to a wide range of showering scenarios. So, if you’re on the hunt for a new electric shower this summer, we’ve come up with some Top Tips to help you out:
1.) Who will be using the shower? Is it just you, the kids, guests, or simply everyone?
Electric showers work differently to conventional mixer showers in that they place no demand on stored hot water. They simply heat water to your desired temperature as it is required. This makes them perfect for busy households where lots of people may be wanting to take a shower one after another, or in homes where an additional shower would cause too much of a strain on the existing plumbing system. Because they don’t use your stored, hot water, electric showers can be an energy-efficient, cost-effective option too.
2.) Keep it flexible!
If the new shower will be your household’s main shower, make sure that it offers as much flexibility as possible to ensure the entire family. Look for a height-adjustable, multi-mode shower head that can be easily changed to suit each user’s preference. This will keep the whole family happy.
3.) Look for safety features
Your number one priority when choosing a new shower should be safety, especially if children or vulnerable adults will be using it. Electric showers today are much more sophisticated and safety-oriented features come as standard on many models. For example, our new GSX Plus and GSX Deluxe electric showers both include a range of safety features making them superb choices for safer showering. Our phased shutdown, for example, flushes residual hot water from the shower’s heating element after it has been switched off, which makes it safe for the next user. This also reduces limescale build up. The intelligent automatic heat setting on the 2 showers ensures that users are protected from excessively high temperatures. Other safety features include a low pressure indicator, visually reassuring LED ‘power on’ lights, and handsets that emit an audible click to indicate that the spray pattern has been changed.
4.) Check the type of installation
When it comes to the type of installation, this can make a big difference to your needs. Are you buying a completely new shower, or are you replace an existing, older shower. Anyone replacing a shower, it can be fairly simple to find an electric shower that has been specially designed to be as easy as possible to retrofit. A brand new electric shower will need to be fitted by a Part P registered electrician. It’s always best to seek advice before buying a new electric shower.
5.) Make sure it’s easy to use
Look out for showers with simple, push buttons which illuminate when pressed – these are a great visual aid. After all, there’s nothing more annoying than a shower that’s tricky to use when you’ve got slippery hands. Similarly, top-of-the-range showers with LCD displays showing the water temperature, duration and setting selected are much more affordable than they used to be.
6.) For the best deals – look to the web
There has never been a wider choice of places to buy new showers from, but for the best prices, it’s usually a safe bet to head to the web first. You can benefit from fantastic deals, as well as free delivery in many cases. Buying direct from a manufacturer will give you the peace of mind of a guarantee.
We hope you’ve found our tips useful – now get out in the sunshine while it lasts!