Choosing the Right Low-Flow Showerhead
In years past, low-flow showerheads have not enjoyed the best reputation. When they were first introduced, there were limited options and they could not provide the same experience as traditional showerheads.
With recent industry advancements to the low-flow showerhead, you can still enjoy an incredibly relaxing shower while saving on your monthly heat and water costs. Best of all, you can help to do your part to sustain the environment with minimal effort.
What to Look for in Your New Showerhead
With the recent advancements in bathroom plumbing fixtures, there is now a huge selection of showerheads to choose from. There are several things to keep in mind when you are making your purchasing decision, including the following:
- Cost - While cost is important, you get what you pay for. Make sure to choose a quality showerhead that can continue to meet your needs throughout the year. This will help to reduce the need for future repairs.
- Design - There are both modern and traditional styles, in all different colors, finishes, and designs to ensure that you can find the right fit for your personal needs and preferences.
- Water pressure - Water pressure has improved as a whole with all new showerhead models. If you are looking for stronger water pressure, choose a model that can offer this.
- Massage settings - There are typically a variety of massage and spray settings so that you can choose what is most comfortable for you, just as you would with a traditional showerhead.
- Gallons per minute - Make sure to note the flow rate or gallons per minute. Typically, a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute is ideal for maximum water efficiency.
- Reviews - Even if you are going to be purchasing your new showerhead in a home improvement or plumbing store, you should still check online reviews to see what other customers have to say about your product of choice. You may also consider taking a look at the Consumer Reports Magazine rating.
If you find that your current shower is not providing the water pressure that you were expecting, simply place your old showerhead in a bowl or plastic bag of white vinegar overnight. This will clear away any mineral deposits that may be impeding proper water flow. Your local licensed plumber can provide more information on which low-flow showerhead is right for your home.