How to Choose the Right Shower Head

Choosing the right shower head goes beyond opting for the most recent version of the brand you currently use.*

Modern choices include shower heads with removable Bluetooth speakers, LED temperature indicators, and magnetic docking systems for handheld showers. Add an array of styles and finishes, and choosing a new shower head can get overwhelming.

To help cut through the chatter, we’ve put together a few things to take under consideration before you start shopping.

Single-function shower heads – Straightforward without any bells and whistles, this shower head appeals to buyers who want uncomplicated spray each and every shower. Advances in materials mean a variety of finishes and styles that are also easy to clean.

Multi-function shower heads – Would you prefer a massaging spray or more of a rainshower? Whatever your mood or need each day, a multi-function shower head adjusts to provide the right kind shower.

Hand showers – The whole family can get clean with this versatile and … handy … shower head. Not only can it adjust to accommodate various individual heights for both adults and children, it can function just fine on its own or together with a stationary shower head.

Rain shower – Heavy drops falling straight from above are what differentiate a rain shower head from the others. Like the showers in tropical forests that inspired their creation, rain showers provide a drenching fall of water that can invigorate you at the beginning of the day or relax you at the end.

Body sprays – Homeowners interested in a more luxurious experience can choose to install body sprays in conjunction with one or more shower heads; usually a handheld and a rain shower. Depending on the design, body sprays can be installed on just one wall or three for the ultimate shower experience.

*If the shower head is the only thing changing, worrying about a valve may not matter, but if the entire system is being replaced, then be sure you have the right valve assembly as well.

Garbage Disposals Help Turn Leftovers Into Energy

You’ve probably not given much thought to what happens to all the stuff you put down your garbage disposal, so it might surprise you how much good that small appliance is actually doing.

In addition to ridding your home of smelly pieces of leftover meals, your garbage disposal is also helping keep that waste out of local landfills so it can be turned into fuel and fertilizer. Here’s how it works, thanks to our friends at Insinkerator:

After being ground up and sent down the pipe to the water treatment plant, micro-organisms clean the water by eating all the stuff that’s in it. Remnants of the animals’ digestive process include methane gas, which can converted into renewable energy used to power the water treatment plant. Customers save money because less money is required for electricity to run treatment equipment.

At the end of the water treatment process, any biosolids that remain are turned into fertilizer for agriculture and, in some cases, home gardening. This kind of all-natural compost is better for the environment because it eliminates the need for harsh chemical treatments that take an enormous amount of energy to make and have the potential to actually be dangerous for the environment.






What’s in Your Shower: Tile or Shower Surround?

Do You Have Tile or a Shower Surround?
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Do you have gorgeous tile work in your shower or did you go with the easy maintenance of a shower surround? Perhaps you have a fully integrated shower stall instead.

The materials we choose for our showers – no matter if it’s a separate space or over a tub – is as individual as we are.

Tell us in the comments why you chose one over the other.

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3 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Shower

Did you know that the average American shower lasts eight minutes but counts as the third largest source of water use in most U.S. homes?  According to the EPA, toilets and washing machines rank first and second, respectively.

Since saving money is at the top of most homeowners’ lists – and water conservation is gaining traction – there are some steps people can take to get the most out of their showers no matter if they’re getting clean, relaxing or reinvigorating.

1.  Shower head:  New technologies are giving manufacturers the freedom to design and deliver shower heads with lower flow rates that don’t skimp on water pressure. From the hansgrohe Croma to the Grohe Tempesta and Kohler Katalyst, satisfaction with water pressure remains high while saving water and money on water bills.

2. Hard water: Most Americans live in a hard water area so it’s important to take care of your shower head so it doesn’t get clogged with the minerals hard water leaves behind. Periodically remove the shower head from the arm and soak it in a vinegar and water solution, or fill a plastic bag with vinegar and water and attach the bag to the shower arm with a rubber band. Keeping nozzles free-flowing reduces the amount of water wasted in longer showers.

3. Update old fixtures: Turning an existing shower in to a spa-like experience no longer means tearing up the wall behind the faucet. Both Kohler and Grohe offer high-end retro-fit kits that can be installed with existing plumbing. Not only do the kits look great and install easily, they’re also designed to conserve water without compromising performance. Homeowners save time and money upfront and for several years to come as well.