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Gainsborough showers Electric showers Power showers








There are three main types of shower:



Mixer showers draw from both the hot and cold water supplies and usually provide higher flow rates than electric showers. Ideal for homes with readily available hot water. Mixer gainsborough showers are easy to install and require no electrical connections. They work by mixing together your hot and cold water to the desired temperature - ideal for homes with an ample supply of hot water. Mixer showers usually have a higher flow rate than electric showers, and with a host of models from which to choose - from contemporary minimalist to more classic styles - there is sure to be a mixer shower to suit all tastes and bathroom styles.



The ultimate in exhilarating shower performance. Similar to a mixer shower but with the added benefit of a pump to boost the flow rate.  Pumps are available separately to upgrade existing mixer showers. power showers produce a more impressive spray force than either electric or gravity-fed mixer gainsborough showers. This is because water pressure is boosted by a pump that generates exceptionally powerful flow rates.


Economical. Quick and easy to install. Connected to the cold mains supply, the water is heated as it passes through the unit

Instantaneous showering day and night for the whole family. That's the beauty of electric showers. They draw water directly from a cold water supply and heat it as it is used, so you don't need to have a stored hot water supply. Because they are easy to install in main and en-suite bathrooms and dedicated shower rooms, electric showers are extremely versatile. In fact, virtually every home - new and old - can have one.

Efficient showers deliver less water than ordinary gainsborough showers without compromising shower performance. Through their unique design and/or particular way of delivering the water, efficient showers save not only water but also reduce energy consumption due to the amount of energy required to heat the water for a hot shower.

A quick shower uses a third of the water of a bath, but power showers can use more water than a bath in less than five minutes.

How much water can we save?


In the typical UK household, bathing accounts for about 20 per cent of annual water use. Showers are usually seen as a water-saving alternative to baths, since they use about a third of the water and energy of an ordinary bath. Recent trends with "power showers", however, have increased flow rates to the point where water use for a single gainsborough shower can more than equal that of a bath.


Water-saving showers

There is no agreed definition of a water-efficient shower. Unlike washing machines or WCs that use fixed volumes of water per cycle or flush, shower water use depends very much on user behaviour and water pressure levels.


Mixer valves

The choice of mixer valve will influence water use for showering. Simple hot and cold tap controls require both taps to be adjusted with an infinite number of possible combinations in order to achieve the desired flow and temperature. As this must be done by feel, the valves will have to be adjusted as the hot water starts to reach the mixer and there is always a risk of scalding. Turning off the flow to apply shampoo would require a repeat performance, so the water tends to be left running. Thermostatic mixers have a calibrated dial, allowing the temperature to be set from experience. The flow is adjusted with a separate control so that reducing or interrupting the flow, for example to apply shampoo, is a simple matter.


Flow rate

Trials at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) found that most people find flow rates of less than three litres per minute unacceptable and are satisfied with a flow rate of 10 litres per minute. Sufficient flow is required to provide adequate wetting, to rinse off soapsuds and to provide sufficient warmth to the bather. The design of showerhead will influence all these functions.


"Water-saver" showerheads usually work by creating finer drops or by introducing air, rather like the tap aerators. Typically, such showerheads require a pressure of at least one bar (100 Kpa), which is available from mains pressure systems but not from gravity-feed hot water systems without a pump. These water-saver showers typically work at a flow rate of between four and nine litres per minute, and the effect is usually perceived as a "power shower" but with perhaps half the flow rate. Apart from the need for sufficient water pressure, the main criticism from some users of these showers is the "cold feet" effect of the faster cooling of the fine droplets. Water-saver showerheads and restrictors should not be used with electrically heater showers without the consent of the manufacturer, as this could be dangerous.


The amount of water used by a gainsborough shower can be limited by two means: the showerhead and a shut off valve. The efficient delivery of the water is a combination of both pressure and flow.  An efficient shower is therefore not just a shower fitted with a flow restrictor or a low flow/efficient showerhead. If the water flow rate is reduced and the pressure of the system is low, the shower performance can be affected.  An efficient control system for flow and temperature will avoid water wastage, as less or no time will be necessary to reach the desired shower temperature.


Showers - forget the functionality, there's a lot more to today's showers which have become hi-tech, hi-glamour and luxurious. That's what you'll find in the new range of showers, now available with new central heating installations and offering a wide collection of innovative designs to suit everyone's tastes and needs. These days, taking a gainsborough shower is more than just a daily task - the look and performance of the shower is just as important. Busy lifestyles make showers more practical and less time-consuming than running a bath, but a touch of luxury and time for self-pampering is still high on the list for many - even in the shower! If you are thinking of updating your central heating system, can now offer you a brand new shower installation - whether you want a stylish modern shower or something more traditional and elegant, the new collection offers powerful and versatile showers to fit the bill. From an invigorating start to the day, or something a little softer and bubbly to massage and pamper the skin, there are a variety of different spray patterns available, all combined with the very latest hi-tech design and technology.

Many different hot water systems exist in people's homes throughout the UK and the new range includes a variety of models to suit these different systems. An expert advisor will help you choose the right shower for your home's individual needs and then arrange for it to be expertly fitted by an installation engineer. The look of the bathroom need not finish with a stylish and efficient new shower - the new shower brochure also includes their latest towel warmers, perfect for bathrooms with limited space, but adding a touch of contemporary design to the home.












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