A dry warm home is also a healthy home, as damp surfaces are the perfect place for fungus and bacteria to grow, which can cause serious health problems. Showerdome reduces these problems, controlling steam, reducing condensation and making the home healthier and warmer.
Showerdome is a clear acrylic dome that simply attaches to the shower cubicle top to prevent steam forming in the bathroom. Steam happens when warm moist air mixes with cold air, so it acts as a barrier between those two air masses, which means no-steam forms in the shower or bathroom. Showerdome is a Kiwi invention and the company is proudly New Zealand owned and operated.
According to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, the average shower releases 1.5 litres of moisture into the air. In a home of four people, this represents six litres being released into the air daily. To prevent this, the EECA recommends putting a lid on shower cubicles to avoid dampness. Another major safety concern related to moisture is slippery floors; bathroom falls are among the leading causes of accidents in the home.
Research conducted by the University of Waikato proves that a Showerdome, when used correctly, can pay for itself within two years. The study estimated heating a bathroom for half-an-hour per day with a 2.4kw electric heater costs around $100 a year, while using a 0.15kw heated towel rail for 12 hours per day costs around $156 a year.
Showerdome also makes mirror demisters and extractor fans redundant. Combining all of these energy-saving opportunities, installing a Showerdome may save homeowners around $250 per year in energy costs alone.
A Showerdome costs $339 plus installation of around $150. For more information or local dealers, visit: www.showerdome.co.nz
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