What To Consider When Shopping For A Shower Head

1 June 2016
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With today's improvements and technology, you no longer have to own the simple showerhead used decades ago. You also must consider the benefits of the types offered whether it is a hand-held or flush-mount. The styles and designs offer a wider variety for the décor of your home.

Look for the WaterSense Label

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 17% of the water used in the home comes from showers. In comparison, a standard showerhead can use 2.5 gallons of water per minute, but the WaterSense labels are valued at 2.0 gallons. This label ensures you the product meets specific standards for performance and efficiency.

Consider Water Efficiency

If you have an older showerhead, before 1992, it is advisable to replace it. It probably has a 4.5 gallons per minute (GPM) rating or higher. You can choose from either an aerating or laminar-flow showerhead with a low-flow feature to save on water consumption. If you want a spray type, an aerating unit might be the answer with its mixture of water and air. The laminar-flow creates individual water streams.

Styles and Benefits

Wall Mounted Standard Shower Heads: Standard wall mounted heads are moderately priced, making them a good choice for those who are trying to live on a budget. No matter what height you are, the unit can be tilted wherever you want the water to go. You can adjust the water flow from a mist to a massage with many of the fixtures.

Ceiling Mount Shower Heads: This is beneficial because it eliminates rotating the showerhead and places the water directly over your head. The downside is you cannot direct it anywhere else on your body.

Handheld Shower Heads: A handheld option is effective for individuals who might not be capable of standing in the shower. The rubber hose can place specific pressure anywhere you need it. They are easily installed using the same plumbing fixture used for standard showerheads.

Shower Panel Systems: A shower panel massage unit is beneficial with the use of height in the shower (not width) and requires less than a 6-inch depth. It is also available in many different designs, sizes, styles, and colors. It doesn't require special installation after you connect the hot and cold water lines. All you need to do is attach it to the wall of the shower.

Whether it is time for remodeling the bathroom or the shower is leaking, you have many choices to choose from for a new showerhead source. Choosing from any of these options can save you money and make the entire family have a more pleasant experience in the shower. These options and others can be found on display at a bathroom showroom at a home improvement store near you.