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Electric showers offer an economical alternative to the more traditional, boiler connected systems. Whilst other units need access to hot water from the boiler, electric showers only require cold water which is then heated on demand. There are a variety of benefits to type of system, for example you don't have to wait for the water to heat up before having a shower. Similarly, heating water only when it is required is much more energy efficient and therefore kinder to the environment, as well as your monthly bills. However, there are a wide range of electric showers to choose from, so which is the best option and what should you do if your shower is underperforming? In terms of choosing the right electric shower, there are certain features which should be kept in mind.
One of the downsides to electric showers is that the temperature can be affected quite easily. If somebody else in the house uses the water supply, this can cause a fluctuation in temperature and the person taking the shower is likely to receive a blast of hot and then cold water before it rebalances. Thermostatic showers aim to keep a steady flow of water at a comfortable temperature. In fact some brands boast that they can keep water within a 2 degree range, at all times. When choosing your desired system, it may be beneficial to look out for the thermostatic label.
One of the biggest problems with electric showers is pressure, or the lack thereof. For an electric shower to work, it needs a minimum level of cold water pressure. This may be a problem for some households. Also, if the pressure changes when the shower is in operation, for example somebody running a tap, this can lead to a drop in pressure and the unit switching off. One way to get around this is to invest in a power shower which utilises an electric pump to compensate for low pressure. It should be noted however that power showers are more expensive to buy and use more energy during operation. You should also keep in mind that when choosing an electric shower, the higher the power rating, the greater the flow of warm water you will receive. Again, this comes down to money as higher power ratings tend to come at a greater cost.
If you have a problem with your current shower and you can't afford or don't want to replace it, there are things you can do to improve the situation. For example, if pressure fluctuations are causing your shower to slow down or turn off, you can install a pressure booster. The process of installing a booster is fairly straightforward but if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, by all means call in an expert. It should be noted that a pressure booster can have an effect on the pressure of the water but not necessarily the temperature. If your water is coming out cold, that is to do with the power rating of your shower, not the pressure of your water supply. When choosing a shower, there are many aspects to consider, whether it be price, functionality or suitability. These considerations are especially important as we are dealing with such a necessary device that is used each and every day. It is recommended that customers do as much research as possible before settling on a specific model.