Shower heads & controls

There’s nothing worse than a morning shower that is more dribble than cascade. From making your bathroom work for you to adding more to the value of your house, there are plenty of benefits to ensuring you have a great shower in your bathroom. Follow these simple steps to finding the perfect shower system for you.

  1. Power showers require a high-pressure water system in order to give a decent performance. Most new houses have combi boilers, which heat water on demand from the mains supply, this is usually sufficient for a modern shower.
  2. If you have a gravity-fed system (tank in the loft), however, it may be low pressure and not up to the task so for a really good shower you may need to install a pump.
  3. For showers that have both an overhead shower and body jets and you wish to use both at once you’ll need more water pressure than a shower with just one function.
  4. Note that high pressure doesn’t necessarily mean more water, it simply means water can be combined with air, which swells the water to give a fuller spray.
  5. For showers with ultra-large rain heads, you may need a system that provides a larger volume of hot water. Install an unvented water heating system that stores hot water under pressure and can service more than one bathroom at a time.
  6. Different shower controls include electric showers that draw mains cold supply and heat it as it passes through the shower unit.
  7. Thermostatic mixers take water from the hot and cold supply and mix them to a pre-selected temperature. A manual mixer combines hot and cold water but does not compensate for variations in water temperature and pressure, as a thermostatic mixer

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