How to select an Electric Shower for your Bathroom

You have decided you need an electric shower, but this is your first time getting one, or you probably want to change a bad one. You have no idea what you should look for when buying an electric shower.

Well, allow me to take that burden off your chest by giving you a brief yet detailed guide on what to look out for when selecting an electric shower.

The best electric showers aren’t always the most expensive ones; they are the most functional ones. Therefore, when you go shopping for one, make sure you have these tips in mind.

Tips to Buy an Electric Shower:

  • Your Budget

Everyone has a budget, and this is the first determining factor of the type of electric shower you will be getting. You know your budget, so stick to it. Search for showers within your price range to make things easier for you.

  • The Brand

Yes, the brand matters a lot. There are top brands known and attested for their quality and efficiency. Brands like Mira showers, Triton, Bristan, and Aqualisa are renowned for producing the best electric showers in the market. Though there are other brands available, I’m sure you’ll want to settle for the best.

  • Easy to install and use

An electric shower must not only fit into your bathroom but must also be compatible with your plumbing system. It should also be something you can easily install yourself by just reading the manual.

A user-friendly electric shower is also necessary. You want something that you can easily operate without having to read the manual every time you want to take a shower or tutor a new guest who wants to use the bathroom.

  • Heat Efficiency

The sole reason why you are buying an electric shower is that you need a better and more efficient hot water supply. That is why you should settle for an electric shower that provides just that and nothing less. Make sure you check the product components to know the rate of durability.

  • Safety

Your safety is paramount, and you should know that you are secured whenever using the appliance. Go for electric showers that have added safety features like automatic on and off when it’s not in use and others. This prevents any possible chances of accidents like fire outbreak which could result in injuries.

  • Check the flow rate

The flow rate is the amount of hot water supplied per minute. It is determined by the KW power rating; this means that the higher the power rating, the larger hot water supply you get. For example, a 7.5 KW electric shower will produce 3.5 L of water per minute while a 12.5 KW shower produces 6 L per minute. You should choose an electric shower depending on how cold your environment is, the colder it is, the higher the flow rate.

  • Added Features

It doesn’t hurt for you to settle for an electric shower that not only meets the above requirements but also has some cool features. Go for showers with advanced technology like wireless control, LED indicators and so on. It makes it more fun and exciting to use.

 

UK Hard Water Map 2019: Which are the areas most affected by Hard Water?

The United Kingdom is highly affected by hard water issues. Around 60% of water used in many areas consists of calcium carbonate which is above 200 mg per liter. This was found in both UK’s public water supplies and well water.


This study was done when many Brits revealed that their home is damaged due to hard water.

As per reports Suffolk town had the highest amount of calcium carbonate in water i.e. 423 mg per liter. Commissioned by a leading water company of UK did random research on 2000 residents out of which 1/ 5th people were unaware of hard and soft water.

People think that hard water does not make any difference. But the fact is hard water does have adverse effects on the skin, hairs as well as appliances. They cause major damages including energy and water wastage.

Hard water is the culprit behind that chalky substance on your plumbing and machinery.

The survey stated that appliances like electric kettle, coffee machine, and the washing machine was highly affected due to limescale. UK people spent £311.87 averagely for repairing of such appliances.

Why many parts of UK have hard water?

The geological circumstances on an area determine water hardness or softness.

Rainwater is soft but when begin to seep into the rocks and segments minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, sulfate, potassium etc present in the soil dissolves in the water. When mineral content in the water is high it becomes hard. This is the reason why groundwater is generally hard.

The South and East England: The Hardest water regions:

As per differentiation in geology, South and East zone of England has concentrated minerals water deposition compare to North and West zone. It is because these parts contain limestone and other has granite.

Hardest Water Regions of UK are: (Towns and Cities)

Town and Cities Magnesium or Calcium Carbonate Level Hardness Level
Bath 307 Very Hard
Hemel Hempstead 303 Very Hard
Milton Keynes 308 Very Hard
Slough 304 Very Hard
Swidon 349 Hard water
Bristol 232 Hard water
Guildford 238 Hard water
Oxford 279 Hard water
Walton on Thames 238 Hard water

 

UK Counties Having Hardest Water:

  1. Bedfordshire
  2. Berkshire
  3. Buckinghamshire
  4. Cambridgeshire
  5. Dorset
  6. Essex
  7. Gloucestershire
  8. Greater London
  9. Hampshire
  10. Hertfordshire
  11. Kent
  12. Oxfordshire
  13. Surrey
  14. Sussex
  15. Wiltshire

Key Hard Water Facts:

    • Hard water affects hair and skin quality. Hair and skin become rough and loses shine.
    • More detergent is needed to clean clothes.
    • House appliances lifespan is decreased by 40 percent.
    • Soap scum builds up on the skin making it dry and cracked.
    • Natural oils wash away and skin does not remain younger and bouncy. You may look older due to fine lines and wrinkles.
    • With 1. 6 mm of limescale coating appliances efficiency is reduced by 12 percent.
    • Clogging and corrosion of pipe and fittings are due to hard water.

What to do if you reside in a hard water area?

Hard water causes electricity and water wastage. It causes hundreds of pounds every year in form of electricity & water bill and repair & maintenance of appliances.

Get a Water Softener at your home to solve this issue permanently.