Are you still twiddling and tweaking your shower controls to try to get the water right? Does it all go out of kilter when someone else turns on a tap or the dishwasher kicks in? Is the whole unit a bit clumpy and intrusive?
Then it’s time we introduced you to the brave new world of digital showering.
Modern technology now allows you total control and greatly increases the efficiency and safety of the shower. The brain of the set-up, the digital processor, lives remote from the cubicle, up to 7 or sometimes even 10 metres away. This allows you to site it safely and discreetly in a roof void, under a bath or in a cabinet, leaving just a sleek, discreet control in the shower itself. You can also have a secondary on/off button – very handy for enabling you to initiate the heating-up process and for avoiding a wet arm until you actually disrobe.
Take as an example the Mira Magna range of digital showers. Finger-sensitive built-in controls with nifty backlit buttons allow you to dictate the temperature and the flow level. Other very useful features include –
- Maximum shower time option (great for discouraging the family’s water hogs: you know who you are)
- Keypad safety lock avoids accidental operation
- Instant shut-off avoids scalding or freezing if hot or cold supplies fail
One version comes with a Waterveil height-adjustable shower head bar attachment. There is also a Platinum model with Flipstream technology incorporating a flip head action with 4 unique shower spray patterns.
British-made Aqualisa digital showers cone in a dizzying range of options that cover all the possible bases. Their Axis range has a pump built in and is thus intended for gravity-fed water systems (not for high-pressure pumped supplies).
Their Quartz concealed units are best sellers. They come with a red flashing light feature that alerts you to when the desired water temperature has been reached and you are safe to enter without a shiver. There is also a version complete with body jets: and another with ceiling-mounted shower head operation (most are set up for wall mounting). Like most digital models, these all protect you from pressure changes when other water users start or stop operating.
Finally the Visage includes a version suitable for high pressure systems (basically it does not come with its own pump, because this is not required).
You might say that Triton have thought about flexibility when designing their units. Their Satellite system can be ordered via Plumbworld with a Carlova Kit that allows you to decide whether the shower head is best placed in the ceiling or wall and the fittings for either are included.
Their remote panel operates up to 10 metres from the mixer, and they offer a choice of an unpumped version for high-pressure house systems, or one with its own pump for use with gravity or combi boiler systems.
These new-style units are not cheap, involving a 3-figure outlay: but you can be sure that the market is steadily moving in this direction and from all sorts of perspectives it makes sense to invest in digital technology.
If you have young or elderly family members or visitors, it provides extra levels of safety protection. It provides a more luxurious, easy-to-use experience for you and yours. It allows the design of a smarter shower with less protrusions, space intrusion and dangerous lumps and bumps. And when the time comes to sell your home, it is a value-added feature.
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