Ed the Plumber: Digital tub and shower valves are catching on fast
Scripps Howard News Service
Q: We're remodeling our master bathroom to include a new modern shower stall with all the bells and whistles. My contractor suggested that we go with one of the new type of electronic "digital" shower mixing valves, instead of the traditional manual-type valve. Can you please give me some additional information on these new electronic shower valves?
— Freddy, FloridaA: Digital tub and shower valves are catching on fast. Partly because the products are becoming affordable, and a lot easier to install and operate. Also, because of all the cool things they can do to enhance the bathing experience.
For instance, you can zone off different showerheads and, with the push of a button, change the water direction. Or automatically fill your bathtub to the perfect temperature while you're shaving. Operating controls can also be added outside the shower area, so you can start your shower as soon as you get out of bed, then walk right into a nice hot shower. Bright display screens can show the water temperature and how the water is being controlled.
Bottom line: The gadgetry is wonderful, but just remember that it needs electricity to operate. So in case of a power failure, have a good backup plan so you don't end up "high and dry" in your shower!
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