Heating and bath equipment has been around since the times of the Romans when they had the heated baths and has since developed immensely. With so many resources it is now easier than ever to install your own devices such as showers, radiators and other heating equipment.
What type of shower would you need in your house?
With showers it depends on the type of water boiler you have in your house as to what kind of shower system you should have installed as each type of boiler can handle different types of shower due to power and pressure of water.
The different types of boiler and showers to suit their system are as follows:
- Boilers that consist of a copper cylinder in the airing cupboard require an electric shower ideally. These are also good for those wishing to save energy as they only heat the water when needed instead of having a constant tank of water pre-heated. They also run on a different water circuit to the rest of the house so can be fitted in any house no matter what the boiler type.
- Where the boiler has its copper cylinder placed in the airing cupboard but the cool tank of water is held in the attic it will require a power shower. With a power shower they only pump the water they don't heat it so the water still needs to be heated through the main water system that heats the water.
- With a boiler that has a cylinder in the airing cupboard with an expansion vessel on the side of the cylinder you would need to fit a mixer shower. There are two types of mixer shower there is the manual (which does not have a constantly maintained temperature if the water flow is changed) and the thermostatic system that has an in built temperature control. The thermostatic tend to cost a little more but prevent dramatic temperature change if for example some one turns on a tap downstairs or flushes the toilet. This making them the safer option if they are to be used by children or elderly people.
- A house that has no airing cupboard and has a combination boiler will have a mixer shower fitted like above. However, the showers used with combination boilers are made specifically for use with this type of boiler. Another advantage that comes with the mixer showers is that most of the pipe work at the end of installation is hidden from view this meaning the area round the shower will look neater.
- For a cheaper option there is always the push on mixer which you simply push on over the tap heads and the taps are used to adjust the temperature of the water. However, this method is mainly used as a temporary solution as the hose connection to the taps is easily dislodged if knocked and controlling the temperature can be difficult.
It is highly important to ensure you have the right shower system for your heating system so make sure it is a professional that is giving you the advice then you know all the information you need to know before having your shower installed. It is also important that it's a professional that carries out the work for you as there are now more regulations on the safety of fixtures such as showers especially for electrical showers there should be a qualified electrician there to carry out the electrical side of the work.