Heating an entire house can be incredibly expensive and, if
you have floor-board or radiator heating, eliminating or reducing heat in some
rooms is often a necessity. One of the easiest rooms to reduce heat in is the
bathroom, but this can lead to serious discomfort when the room is needed. This
makes finding alternative (and less expensive) heat sources a very attractive
No matter if you reduce heat to your bathroom intentionally
or your home simply doesn’t heat it appropriately, there are a number of steps
you can take to increase comfort in this important area, starting with an
inspection of the room itself. Take time to look for cracks leading both into
the home and outdoors that may allow precious heat to escape. In some cases,
simply sealing cracks with caulking, weather stripping, or even covering
windows during the winter months is all it takes to make a space cozier.
However, this is certainly not always the case.
Simple additions that can increase heat output without
requiring significant amounts of electricity include:
Space heaters – not always the most attractive
of options, space heaters do come in a variety of styles and can be
complementary to many bathroom designs. Just be sure to keep these units away
Heated towel racks – these bathroom accessories
serve the dual purpose of heating towels and radiating heat into the bathroom.
Free-standing and wall-mounted styles are available along with a range of power
If you are comfortable with electric work, consider an
infrared lamp. Common features in hotel bathrooms, infrared lamps are
relatively easy to install and can produce enough heat to warm even medium to
larger sized bathrooms.
Finally, if you’re due for a bathroom remodel, consider
installing radiant floor heating (RFH). RFH can use electric heating coils or
water tubing to produce a heating effect that, as the name implies, radiates
from the floor. This can help ensure warm feet and a warm room even in the
coldest of temperatures.
Your bathroom is likely the first room you use in the
morning and the last one you use at night. You deserve a space that is aesthetically,
physically, and economically comfortable and inviting. These steps can be used
alone or in combination as space requires, and can help produce luxurious comfort
without breaking the bank.
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