What are Mixer Showers?
A mixer shower will mix both hot and cold water inside the shower fitting itself before the water comes out of the shower head. This means that the shower itself does not heat the water, as is the case with some models, but rather that the shower will make use of the hot water that's already available through your home's plumbing system.
What are the Advantages?
For many people a mixer shower is a great choice because they simply have so many advantages. Mixer showers can be surface mounted, meaning that all of the shower apparatus including the pipes are installed onto your wall, or flush, meaning that the workings of the shower are behind the wall and only the shower control system is visible.
A mixer shower can also be used with either high pressure or low pressure water systems, so this isn't something that you need to worry about. You will need equal pressure for both hot and cold water to use a mixer shower, however if this is not the case in your home you can install a pressure balanced mixer valve to solve this problem. As far as installation, use and plumbing requirements a mixer shower is quite simple, which is why they are such a common choice for bathrooms in the UK.
What are the Disadvantages?
There are a couple of down sides to installing a mixer shower, however. The first of these is that this kind of shower will not affect the water flow of your system, so if you have low water flow from taps in your bathroom your shower will also have a low water flow.
Probably the most important drawback of a mixer shower is that it is connected into an already existing water system, which means that the temperature and flow of the water from your shower can be affected by other water points. Flushing the toilet, using a kitchen tap, or your washing machine filling with water can all mean that your shower suddenly gets boiling hot or freezing cold, which might be an issue in a house with more than one occupant. However, this can be avoided by installing a thermostatic version.
Finally, a mixer shower cannot be pumped from what we call a mains pressure system, meaning combination boilers or multi point heaters, though there are specially designed combination boiler mixer showers available. These are things that you will need to check with your plumber before purchasing your shower.
How QS Supplies Can Help?
With a wide range of different shower models and professional staff available for advice, QS Supplies is happy to answer any questions you might have about which kind of shower is right for your home. Taking the time to research your options will mean that you get the perfect shower, whatever your needs are and our staff are the experts you need to ask. They know their stuff and can save you making expensive mistakes.