By Emma Cox
The rather warm weather seems to be continuing across most of the UK, making for a pretty reasonable summer so far. Here at Mira Showers the Customer Service team help explain the effect the seasonal weather can have on your electric shower, and how to make the necessary adjustments during the summer months so it’s not running too hot!
How do electric showers work?
Electric showers heat mains-supplied water using two heating elements (which work in a similar way to a kettle). Power is split between heating these elements and generating the water flow from the mains water supply to the showerhead. As the power is distributed in this way, a balance is made between water temperature and the rate of water flow.
Most electric showers have three heating settings:
High – where both heating elements are used
Medium – where only one heating element is used to minimise energy consumption
Low – where no heating elements are used
What difference does the weather make?
As the temperature rises outside so does the temperature of the cold water coming into your home, on average this will be about 15˚C compared to 5˚C in the winter months. With the higher incoming water temperatures your shower heating elements won’t have to work so hard to achieve your desired showering temperature.
How do you adjust your electric shower?
- First thing you should do is to ensure your showerhead is clean. Our showerheads feature rub-clean nozzles for easy limescale removal to ensure you have a good spray pattern from the spray-plate.
- Then on your electric shower try turning the power selector to ‘Medium’ or ‘Eco’ this will switch off one of the two heating elements. Then reduce the flow using the temperature control and enjoy your shower at half the cost as well as a better performance during the warmer months.
- The Mira Advance ATL is the only electric shower that is perfect all year around. This fully thermostatic shower will be the same temperature setting summer and winter – but you will notice a drop in the flow rate.
- Some showers (such as the Mira Elite ST) heat water from a cold stored supply. The supply is normally stored somewhere such as the loft, which can still be affected by the hot warm weather. You will, therefore, still need to make adjustments to your temperature settings
If you require more information on how seasonal changes affect your electric shower, watch the informative video below.
Even Mixer Showers with combi boilers can be affected
With the increase in incoming cold water supply temperatures your mixer shower will not need as much hot water from your combi boiler to reach a good showering temperature. This may cause your boiler to overheat and thermally cycle hot and cold water to your shower. To help, make sure:-
• The boiler hot water setting is adjusted to max hot
• The shower flow control is set to max flow
• The showerhead is clean with high capacity spray-plate fitted.
For more information visit our Contact Us page to get in touch.
Source: Mira Showers