A trade guide to the latest shower technology
Digital showers are becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners up and down the UK, and it’s not hard to see why. They offer an extra touch of luxury and convenience to your bathroom routine, and stepping under water that’s been pre-set to the ideal flow and temperature can make for the perfect start to anyone’s day.
The technology is advancing all the time, to the point where some shower units are available as smart home devices – itself a growing trend, with a recent YouGov survey finding that almost one-in-four Britons (23%) own at least one smart device.
With digital showers very much in vogue at the moment, it’s important that tradespeople know exactly what they are, how they work and how best to install them. When fitting a new bathroom for a customer, you can only suggest digital shower installation if you have a full understanding of the product and its benefits. With that in mind, we’ve put together this handy guide on the latest shower technology.
What is a digital shower?
Digital showers allow you to adjust the flow and temperature of the water via a remote control digital receiver. So, instead of having to play around with the controls, risking icy blasts or scalding jets of water, you can step into the shower safe in the knowledge that it’s going to be set perfectly to your preferences.
A recent poll carried out on behalf of Smart Home Week revealed one of the top 30 desired smart home additions would be a bath which runs at the optimum temperature based on your mood. That may sound pie-in-the-sky, but some digital showers allow you to pre-set different temperatures for each user, so perhaps that dream is not as far away as you might think!
The real beauty of this latest shower technology is its ease of use. With simple controls enabling customers to enjoy a reliable flow of water at the optimal temperature, they’re a sleek, sophisticated addition to any bathroom.
How do digital showers work?
In essence, digital showers work in largely the same way as mixer showers, although they are much more accurate when it comes to finding the perfect temperature. Like mixer showers, they mix hot and cold water together. They do so inside the digital processor and the temperature is controlled by a thermostat before the water is fed to the shower head.
Your customers can even take things a step further, should they wish, by installing a smart shower like the Mira Mode Maxim, which features Mira CloudCore™ technology. This allows you to control your shower experience via your smartphone and the Mira Mode app, including the ability to set shower duration and maximum temperature – ideal for keeping your loved ones safe or giving the hurry-up to any bathroom hoggers!
How to install a digital shower
Of course, when it comes to digital shower installation, the customer’s needs and preferences must always be a priority, but there are a few things you need to consider before you fit the unit. Because they draw water from both hot and cold feeds, you need to ensure you can access both of these – and the mixing processor – with relative ease.
You also need to take into account the boiler system in the home. With unvented or combi boilers, a high-pressure valve would be best to make sure the force does not reach a dangerous level. For gravity-fed systems, however, extra pressure may be needed, in which case a pumped valve will be more suitable.
The other elements of digital shower installation are largely aesthetic and will depend on the customer’s tastes. There are various shower heads and remote controllers available and all can be fitted in a number of ways – for example heads can be fixed to the ceiling or wall, depending on the bathroom’s configuration.
For further information, why not check out our blog on electric and digital shower installation.
How much do digital showers cost?
Due to the additional technology involved, digital showers tend to cost a little more than electric showers. Digital units are typically between £400 and £750 (excl. VAT), while the mixers can cost around £400 and the remote controllers in the region of £100.
Some people may shy away from the additional expense, but the reliable flow and optimal temperature settings can make for a luxurious, relaxing morning routine. That’s something you can’t put a price on, and this latest shower technology can transform your customer’s bathroom for the better.
Digital showers explained with City Plumbing
Fitting a brand new, high-tech bathroom for a customer? You can browse our range of digital showers and find the one that perfectly suits your project. You’ll qualify for free delivery on any order over £50 or, if you’d prefer, you can Click & Collect your purchases.
If you have any questions about digital showers, how they work, installation or anything else, please feel free to come down and see us. We have more than 370 locations across the UK so why not use our branch finder to seek out one of our experts and discuss the latest shower technology.
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