Pros and Cons of an Electric Shower Head
Electric shower heads offer a simple way of ensuring you always have a flow of hot water in your shower. The temperature generally runs between 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 108 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a little over body temperature. An electric shower head is an excellent way to cut your heating bill. You can keep the temperature on your hot water tank turned lower than you otherwise would by simply heating the water for the shower as and when you need it. This gives you a great deal of control. As well as cutting costs, it also lowers your carbon footprint. There are also a few drawbacks, read below for a comprehensive view of an electrical shower head.
- No risk of running out of hot water with an electric shower head, since the cooler water is heated within the unit itself. This means you can shower for as long as you want, without having to worry about the water running cold.
- An electric shower head will work even in areas where the temperatures are very cold and can even function with very cold water. They’ve been proven to work in Canada, for example, even during the coldest of winters when the cold water temperature can be as low as 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
- There are a number of proven manufacturers, some of whom produce electric shower heads that will work in both 110 volt and 200 volt outlets. 110 volts in the US standard, you’ll be able to plug the electric shower head in anywhere.
- Electric shower heads aren’t expensive, although prices will inevitably vary. The savings and ease of use will more than pay back the cost of the unit very quickly, making it a great investment in terms of both savings and convenience.
- Several factors determine the temperature of water output with an electric shower head. You have to consider the current, the water flow speed and the temperature of the water entering the shower head. All of this makes achieving a consistent shower temperature somewhat tricky. There is also the possibility of being burned if the water is set too slow. However, the colder the water coming into the electric shower head, the more you do need to reduce the flow to have effectively heated hot water.
- Remember that you’re mixing electricity and water and this always carries the risk of electrocution. You need to be very careful with an electric shower head so make sure your unit carries an Underwriters Laboratory Certificate to maximize personal safety.
- The wiring has to be completely grounded and the electric shower head requires its own circuit with 30 amps or 40 amps on it. To run it on a circuit with less capacity means you’ll keep blowing the breaker.
- The size and weight of the shower head means that it might need to be supported; if not, there’s a danger of it falling. The pipe from the wall might not be enough so you might have to use cabling of some type to offer extra support on the wall or the ceiling for safety.