Trading Depot sells a range of electric showers and the high quality, market leading range of Mira Electric Showers.
Mira has a handy blog of useful information pertinent to their range of showers and showering in general. This is a recent post of frequently asked questions of their electric showers.
Mira Showers launched their first ever electric shower over 35 years ago but with so many different brands of electric showers available, it’s difficult to know which one to select. To answer questions, Mira’s Electrics, Power, Trays & Fittings Product Marketing Manager Tom Rastall provided an overview of the Mira Electric Showers offering:
How many varieties of electric showers do Mira Showers have?
Mira has a wide range of electric showers to suit all budgets and tastes, from the entry level Mira Vie to our premium design, the Mira Galena. At present we have 50 electric showers to choose from on the Mira Showers website with ranges offering a number of kilowatt ratings for installation.
How do I choose what kilowatt power rating my electric shower should have?
The power rating of your electric shower is determined by the thickness of the cabling and the fuse capacity. If you are replacing an existing shower you’ll be governed by the wiring already in place. If you are planning a new shower installation or full refurbishment, you can plan to have a 10mm cable installed which will allow a maximum of 10.8kw. Remember you have to have a Part P qualification to work with electrical installations – so best to consult an expert before considering any replacements.
Is an electric shower the most economical?
Electric showers are very economical and Mira’s are around 98% efficient. This is because they only use power and water when in use, and there are no long pipe runs or stored hot water where efficiencies can be lost. These showers also use inherently less water – most use less than 6 litres per minute.
What are the benefits of an electric shower?
There are multiple benefits:
- Instant hot water – no waiting for stored hot water to heat up, plus no dead leg of cold water to wait for as the shower warms up
- 98% efficiency – no stored hot water or long pipe runs
- Separate water heating to main hot water system – great for multi-bathroom properties
- Economical water usage – most electric shower use less than 6 litres per minute
What makes Mira Electric Showers the best on the market?
What makes Mira’s electric showers different are the patented technologies built inside to further enhance both functional and experiential performance of the shower. For example limescale build up is a common problem in electric showers, however ourClearscale™ technologycuts this by up to half for a better performing, longer lasting shower. Other Mira electric shower technologies include Sensi-flo™ which helps prevent scalding if the showerhead or hose become blocked & Opti-flo™ technology that ensures optimum flow performance throughout the year.
How does an electric shower work?
They work a bit like a kettle, electric elements heat up water as it flows through the internal tank. The temperature of the water is controlled by varying the speed of water flow through the heater tank. The faster the flow, the less time it has to heat up and vice versa. Safety switches prevent water temperatures from reaching dangerous levels in the case of a blockage or malfunction.
I already have an electric shower but would like a newer model, are they easy to replace?
They are relatively simple to replace. if you choose a new model with the same connections (wire and pipe locations) and this allows for a really simple replacement. There are other products on the market (e.g. Mira Jump Multi-Fit, and Mira Sport Multi-Fit) which can cater for many different wire and pipe locations and are great for replacing an existing electric shower. Note that the power rating will have to be the same or very similar to your existing shower unless you are planning on upgrading the wiring/fuses.
How often do you need to replace an electric shower?
Mira’s electric showers are designed and tested to ensure they last many years. However, limescale in hard water can dramatically decrease the usable life of an electric shower as this builds up on the heating element to the point where it can no longer work properly. Mira’s ClearScale™ heating element helps reduce the build-up of limescale by up to 50%, meaning that Mira’s electric showers will last up to twice as long as other brands of electric showers. This has been proven by accelerated life testing, and independent testing at Cranfield University.