When choosing which new showers to compliment a new bathroom design, the easiest thing is to simply replace like for like. But opting to introduce electric showers can have a positive impact on finances in the long term – as well as ending quarrelling over the use of hot water in most households.
Electric showers are, in the main, cheaper products to buy than standard showers with the fixtures, fittings and taps required, but a negative is the potential to require an electrician to feed electrics to the parts of the bathroom needed to feed into the newly purchased shower if an electric shower has not been in place previously. But the costs of several hours of an electrician’s time – one who is a Part P registered electrician with the qualifications to fit or assess the electrical cabling – can be more than made up for by the savings available in heating and hot water bills.
The secret is in the way an electric shower works. All electrical showers, which can vary in price from £40 upwards, have the same basis to them – an electric pump heating water on the way through before it reaches the shower head. The design is similar for all too, the pump encased in a wall-mounted plastic box with a thermostat attached with a shower head directly attached, although colour range, size and style are the options offered for purchase.
It is the fact an electric shower works by warming or heating cold water on the way through that enables savings to be made. It also ensures that hot water is available for all members of the family no matter what time of day it is.
While some home have combi boilers which ensure that hot water is permanently available, many homes up and down the country heat water up through their central heating systems. That, of course, can lead to lengthy waits for hot water to have a shower – particularly in households with many bodies – or the discovery that the hot water has been used up and another round of heating is required.
While electric showers eradicate that need for pre-organised hot water, it is the savings on energy that leave the biggest impact on households. Electric showers can significantly lower the amount of gas or electric used in creating the hot water seven days a week, and therefore leave you with more money in your pocket or bank account and ensure that the carbon footprint of the household is vastly reduced too.
For homes in areas with low water pressure, electric showers can be a saviour. No longer is the need to worry or stress about hot water trickling out of taps or shower heads as an electric shower uses cold water which is rarely affected by pressure.
So if buying an electric shower, the thing to consider is what power required? Usually three options are available 8.5kilowatt (kW), 9.5 kW or 10.5kW, the higher the power rating the better the flow of hot water is.