Keep your cool with shower power
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy”, sang Ella Fitzergerald. But summertime can also get uncomfortably hot and steamy. Are you one of the many people who find themselves seriously wilting in the heat? If so, there’s no better way to cool down from the sun’s rays than with an invigorating shower. But how can you choose the right shower to suit you? Never fear as our bathroom experts are here to help:
In the bathroom, a powerful shower should always come top of your list. After all, you rely on this method of washing for so many reasons. The right shower will give you a quick burst of water to help you wake up in the morning and can help you wash away the stresses and strains following a busy day.
Check your water pressure and the type of boiler you own first as this will determine the sort of showering system you can buy for your home.
Choosing the right shower
If you pick a power shower, you’ll instantly benefit from a burst of water thanks to a pump, which literally boosts the flow rate. The shower will mix hot and cold water together and tend to be more powerful than electric and some mixer showers.
A thermostatic mixer shower will suit you if you’ve got a busy household. This type actually maintains the temperature you require even if someone else has turned on a tap elsewhere in your home. Meanwhile, turning on a tap will instantly affect a manual mixer shower so this may suit single occupancy homes. So, for example, if someone starts using hot water in the kitchen sink, your shower is going to feel very cold. However, these are more powerful than their electric counterparts.
An electric shower uses the cold water supply and you can benefit from hot water 24 hours a day. Heating elements keep the water warm, however in colder months your water will take longer to heat up.
Digital showers feature digital controls so you can control your water’s temperature and the rate of flow. What’s more, you can do this remotely using multiple functions. They work with high and low pressure systems and take hot water from your boiler with the right amount of cold for the perfect shower.
Wonderful Wet Rooms
The humble shower has evolved tremendously in the last decade or so. In fact, there are now a multitude of options to choose from. If your space allows, a dedicated wet room or walk-in shower will deliver maximum refreshment as the mercury rises. Why not remove your traditional shower screen and tray to create a open shower area? This will instantly give you so much more space to cool down in. They’re also super stylish, and easier to clean – what’s not to like?
First of all, decide on the shape and positioning of your shower enclosure. We offer a huge selection of sizes and styles, including sliding door, quadrant, corner, pivot and walk-in. So there’s sure to be something that suits your space and budget requirements.
If you’re keen to make a statement, look no further than our Merlyn 8 Series Shower Wall, which features frameless 8mm toughened safety glass. The panel height is an impressive 2015mm. It’s suitable for either a recess or corner location, with a reversible design for left or right hand entry.
A great option for smaller spaces is our Sommer Wetroom Screen With Floor to Ceiling Post. This screen is available in a range of sizes, from 700mm-1400mm. It also includes a stylish floor to ceiling post for additional support.
A Head Start
When you’re desperate to cool down quickly, the right shower head is key. A small, no-frills shower head with certainly get you cleaner. However, if it’s ultimate re-invigoration you’re after, this is one scenario when bigger usually means better.
Our Crosswater Zion 400mm Fixed Shower Head is an excellent option if you’re after the right shower experience. Sometimes called rainforest or rainfall shower heads, the larger surface area of this type of model delivers a refreshing ‘drench’ sensation. It’s absolutely perfect for those sultry, sticky summer nights!
True shower connoisseurs will adore our Crosswater Dial 2 Control Shower Valve with Central Trim, Shower Head & Body Jets. This model offers another level of both style and performance. It features the latest push-button shower technology and even includes rotating body jets! Users can choose from 11 separate flow positions, and opt for either eco-friendly or luxurious high-pressure showering.
Don’t panic if your tastes are traditional as opposed to hi-tech. There are plenty of retro options to revive you during the hot summer months, such as our Arcade Avon Nickel Exposed Shower Valve Kit with Rose, Arm & Handset. This model would be perfect for any period bathroom and the nickel finish adds an elegant touch. Meanwhile, the telephone handset and air boosted rain shower head will leave you feeling daisy-fresh
If you’re brave enough to turn the dial all the way down and stand under a freezing cold spray, there are a number of benefits (aside from the obvious cool-down!). Cold showers may be the key to glowing skin, glossy hair, faster sports recovery and a more effective immune system – click here to find out more!