Last Updated May 12, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
While it is absolute heaven to step into a toasty warm bathroom, especially in the dead of winter, it is not so great to get the higher electricity bills that are associated with heating your bathroom. Thankfully, there are some energy efficient options for bathroom heating that will keep you warm without burning a hole in your wallet. Read on for more.
An excellent energy efficient option for heating your bathroom is to use underfloor heating. One form is in slab heating, where the concrete slab itself is heated by electric cables or hot water pipes that have been laid within it. The in slab heating not only warms the floors; it gives off radiant heat that effectively warms the whole room. It is powered using off peak electricity or natural gas. Thin film heating is another option for underfloor heating and it is laid on top of the slab but beneath the floor coverings. It operates in the same way as in slab heating, giving off radiant heat that warms the floor and the room. Even though thin film heating uses peak electricity to operate, it is more efficient than other forms of electric heaters.
A PTC bathroom heater is another excellent energy efficient option. PTC stands for Positive Temperature Coefficient and the PTC heating element is made up of small ceramic stones that have heat limiting properties. This means that the heater will reach a certain temperature and then maintain that temperature, making them safe and energy efficient. These heaters are often combined with energy efficient lights and an exhaust fan to create a 3 in 1 bathroom heater.
No matter what type of bathroom heating you have, there are ways that you can make it more efficient. Firstly, choose a heater that is the appropriate size for your bathroom so that it doesn’t have to work harder than it needs to or produce too much heat. Also run it only when absolutely necessary – a good tip is to switch it on as you get into the bath or shower, and switch it off as soon as you get out. Another idea that you may wish to follow is to get all members of the household to shower at around the same time, so you don’t have to switch the heater on and off all day.