Which One to Select? Electric / Power or Thermostatic?
Choosing the right one for your household needs can be tricky, and there are a few points to bear in mind: are you looking to recreate a home-spa experience, or do you want a simple, economical one? Do you need a shower that's got a separate element to heat its hot water, or are you happy to rely on your boiler to do all the hard work? The following is a quick guide with all the must-know points about electric, power & thermostatic units to help you make up your mind.
Electric units are great for big households or those on a budget or both! Electric showers are fairly cheap and can be connected from either the right or the left-hand side, so this type is versatile and can be fitted in just about any bathroom. Also, these are compact elements that fit in small spaces; however, you must consider the plumbing and pipework to be in order. You will find myriad options at QS Supplies to choose from, depending upon the type of your domestic plumbing system. A real benefit of this type of unit is that it contains its own heating element, which means that you've got lots of comforting hot water, and you're not reliant on your boiler to provide it, which is great if you have an older make or a small water tank. These types are also ideal if you're watching your bills: they only heat the amount of water you actually use, so a quick shower will save you money and won't involve a massive tank of water being heated and then going to waste. However, one downside to this type of unit is that it doesn't contain a pump, so the volume of water coming out is largely dependent on your mains water pressure.
Electric showers are fine for any water system. Ideal for a family home, these are the most reliable kinds available today. Taking a cue from the environment, these are cost effective as they only heat up the amount of water that’s been used and are easier to use as well, and all they require is power and a supply of cold water.
The main difference in these types is that they contain a pump. This pump means that the pressure of the water is much higher and is ideal if you have a low water pressure in your bathroom.
These types, on the other hand, take hot and cold water from the mains and mix them together, giving you greater control on your water temperature, but a downside is that if your boiler breaks down then you won't be able to enjoy any hot water from this type of unit. This type also uses a lot more water than traditional showers, so you might want to keep an eye on your water metre if you have one. Unlike budget options, these don't come cheap. However, if you can afford it, and like the idea of a little luxury in the bathroom, then these showers definitely provide a really relaxing experience (and they are more indulgent too- great if you want to pamper yourself but don't necessarily like baths or want them all the time).
Overall, if the water pressure in your home is adequate, then showers run on electricity are the more budget-friendly (and eco-friendly, too) option. However, if you're remodelling the bathroom and want a little more luxury, thermostatic varieties can provide a great at-home spa-like experience.