BATHROOMS & KITCHENS
SHOWERS IN THE
Wendy Benne , customer experience director at Aqualisa, off ers
advice on specifying showers and how the features of a mixer,
electric and smart shower can benefi t diff erent applications.
Although a comparably small detail
in an overall project, whether it is a
housing development, hotel room
or leisure centre changing room, the
shower is often a mark of quality, which can
attract a surprisingly emotive response from users
– both good and bad.
When it comes to specifying showers, end user
experience is therefore, a vital consideration – but
there are other factors too, which will determine
the best type of shower for the project at hand.
Traditional mixer shower
A traditional mixer shower connects to both the
hot and cold water feeds and blends the water
streams in a valve, where the temperature is mixed
to the desired temperature and then delivered to
While most mixer showers have a thermostatic
mixer valve, which regulates the water temperature
during the duration of the shower, some do not.
By checking that the shower has a thermostatic
mixer valve, specifi ers can ensure the end user is
protected from any sudden changes in the water
supply. Most valves also have a safety cut out
feature that ensures that the water stops running
when the temperature is too high.
Mixer showers also tend to be compatible with
high and low-pressure water systems, however
specifi ers should always check that the shower is
compatible with the property’s water type.
For those looking to install a traditional mixer
shower in a property with a traditional gravity fed
stored water system (low-pressure), customers
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