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Tips to warm up the bathroom this winter

Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider


Nobody likes to step out of a warm bath or shower into a cold room and there is no reason why you should have to. Bathroom heaters can be inexpensive or relatively expensive, but they are a home improvement worth having.

  1. Infrared bathroom heaters
  2. Bathroom wall heaters
  3. Portable heaters
  4. Bathroom baseboard heaters
  5. Underfloor bathroom heaters
  6. Towel heaters in the bathroom
  7. Other ways to keep your bathroom warm
  8. Choosing an electrician for installing bathroom heaters

Infrared bathroom heaters

An inexpensive bathroom heater is an infrared heater. They can come with one, two or four infrared lamps and often have a fan to force the hot air through the room. Infrared heaters are usually installed in the ceiling and some even come with lights.altAn infrared bathroom heater will have to be installed by an electrician, but can be an inexpensive way to heat a bathroom. Choose a heater that fits the size of your bathroom. A small bathroom may only need a single heat lamp, but a large bathroom may need four infrared lamps.

Bathroom wall heaters

Wall heaters can be plugged into an electrical outlet or wired by an electrician. You need to have a wall to mount the heater and may need to have an electrician install the wall heater if there is not an electrical outlet on the wall and it will probably look better without a cord attached to an outlet.

Bathroom wall heaters can be slim and won't take up too much space on the wall. They often have radiant heating, fan forced wall heaters are also available, but may take up more space for the fan.

Portable heaters

A portable heater is another option in the bathroom. You need to be careful not to allow water to get on the heater and ceramic heaters may work best in the bathroom.

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Look for a fan forced portable heater so you can keep it well away from a water source. In a small bathroom, you may want to mount a small portable heater on the vanity.

Bathroom baseboard heaters

Heat rises, so a baseboard heater may be a good idea in the bathroom. It should be designed for a bathroom to withstand any water that might get on the heater.

A baseboard heater may be ideal for a larger bathroom because it is wide and radiates more heat. A smaller bathroom may need a ceiling heater, a wall heater or a portable heater.

Underfloor bathroom heaters

If you're building a new bathroom or renovating an old bathroom and tearing out the floor tiles, consider investing in an underfloor heater.

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An underfloor heater has coiled heating elements and radiates heat from the floor. The heat will warm the room and also make standing on the floor more comfortable. An underfloor heater will also dry out floor mats and because heat rises, will keep the bathroom warm.

Towel heaters in the bathroom

Another thing you don't want in the bathroom is a cold, damp towel. Towel heaters will dry out towels and warm them so you'll have a fresh, warm towel after a bath or shower.

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Towel heaters come in a variety of sizes, so you can find one to fit in a small or large bathroom. They also come in different styles and colours, so you can find the perfect towel heater for your bathroom. Some are floor mounted, but whether the towel heater is wall mounted or floor mounted, you will probably need an electrician to install them. Plug in models are available, but you will need to have an electrical outlet nearby.

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Other ways to keep your bathroom warm

Bathrooms can become warmer after a shower or bath, but you need to take steps to make sure that extra warmth doesn't escape the bathroom. Some things you can do to keep an unheated bathroom warmer include:

  • Weather stripping around windows to keep cold air from coming in
  • Installing towel racks close to the shower where the warm air will warm the towels
  • Place rugs or mats on the floor to avoid stepping on a cold floor
  • If you have a small bathroom, replace lights with heat lights to keep the bathroom warmer
  • Warmer colours in the bathroom can make the bathroom feel warmer
  • A new shower head will make showering a more pleasant experience and you will feel warmer after having a shower in a rainfall shower head

Whether you install a heater or not, taking these steps will make a bathroom feel warmer. Choose waterproof mats or rugs with a non-slip surface on the bottom of the mat or rug. Heat lights will illuminate a room and keep it warmer, but they are recommended for smaller bathrooms because they may not generate enough heat to warm a large bathroom. Warm colours will make any bathroom feel warmer and you can use tiles or paint and even a feature wall will make the bathroom feel warmer. A new shower head will make having a shower more pleasant and the warm steam can make the room feel warmer.altYou don't need to spend a fortune to make your bathroom feel warmer. These inexpensive additions can make any bathroom feel warmer.

Choosing an electrician for installing bathroom heaters

Electricians charge by the hour and will charge a call out rate for small jobs. List everything you need done in the bathroom and have an electrician come one time to do all the work. Aside from installing a heater and a towel heater, think about other things you might need in the bathroom. These might include:

  • More task lighting near the vanity
  • Accent lighting
  • Decorative lighting
  • Ambient lighting

Read Hidden lighting to illuminate your bathroom for more information about these types of lights. Bathrooms today don't rely on one overhead light for illumination. Bathrooms are designed to have a spa-like atmosphere, which makes being in the bathroom more pleasant. With accent lighting or ambient lighting, having a bath will be more relaxing than relying on one glaring overhead light. Also think about having an electrician install a dimmer switch so you can dim lights you don't need for task lighting.alt

Also think about other electrical installations you might need in the home. An electrician can install power points, new lighting or anything else you need and if they do it all in a day, it will save you money. Think about anything you may have been putting off and have the electrician do everything you need. For more information about hiring an electrician, read How much do electricians charge? The article includes tips for hiring the right electrician for any job.

Installing a heater, towel heaters and lighting can be an expense, but you will forget the expense after you enjoy a warm bathroom in winter. And remember, the expense will last for years and you won't regret having a warm bathroom during the cold days of winter. Over time, any expenses will be forgotten and a warmer bathroom with better lighting will add value to the price of a home.

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