We’ve all been there – enjoying a nice warm shower when somewhere else in the house someone else flushes a toilet, turns on the dishwasher, or starts a load of laundry. Suddenly, the water temperature either jumps sky-high or drops so low that you’re holding the shower head at arm’s length as if it’s a venomous snake. Sometimes, you’re even forced to endure the freezing or scorching temperatures so that you can hastily rinse off and jump out of the shower as quickly as possible.
If you’ve ever experienced these rapid pressure changes, or maybe you’re unfortunate enough to encounter them on a regular basis, you might want to consider investing in a Thermostatic Valve. Thermostatic control valves exist to regulate the temperatures in your shower so that the temperature is always constant. When the temperature across the rest of the house is increased or decreased, the water temperature in the shower or bath will remain the same. The thermostatic valve can be set to a certain temperature, and after it has been set, the temperature will never vary from its designated warmth.
Aside from the obvious comfort-based reasons for investing in a thermostatic valve, there can also be additional safety rationales for installing a thermostatic valve into your home shower system. It might be a tempting thought to consider simply turning down the temperature on water heaters rather than spending the time and money to install a thermostatic valve. However, water stored below 140 degrees Fahrenheit is a susceptible breeding ground for Legionella, a dangerous bacterial pneumonia, which can be deadly.
Furthermore, thermostatic valves can actually help save you money. Unlike mechanical valves, which are constantly pulling from both hot and cold water supplies to provide the right temperature mixture, thermostatic valves only use hot water until cold water is needed to keep the temperature constant. This way, more water is conserved, which means that you should also see a drop in your water bill each month.
Thermostatic valves are now so commonly accepted as the best heating method, that many luxury shower systems are available with thermostatic valves already built into the hardware. Thinking of remodeling your bathroom? Consider looking into a shower or bath system that already comes with a thermostatic valve installed. With the high functionality and ease of a shower system supported by a thermostatic valve, you’ll never worry about starting a load of laundry before jumping into the shower again.