HVAC systems are designed to heat and cool indoor spaces. However, most designs overlook an important part of the house – the bathroom. Since you do not want to take a hot shower or bath in a cold bathroom, it is important you install a bathroom heater to ensure maximum home comfort. There are many bathroom heating options that you can consider. Before choosing any one of them, it is crucial you take your time to consider the pros and cons of each heating option to ensure you make an informed decision. Below is a list of the most common types of bathroom heaters:
1. Overhead Heaters
When looking for a heating system for your bathroom, space is an important factor of consideration. If you do not have any space to spare on the floor or wall, you should consider installing an overhead bathroom heater. There are two types of overhead bathroom heaters. These are; heat lamps and conventional heaters. Heat lamps normally radiate infrared light, which is warm and soothing.
2. Heated Towel Rails
If you do not require a lot of heat in the bathroom, you can install heated towel rails. These rails act as heat exchangers/radiators, so they can heat up the room slowly. Furthermore, the rails will help to dry damp towels. This is great news for everyone in your home since it’s always nice to hold a warm dry towel when you step out of the shower. It is important you have the towel rail installed by an experienced licensed electrician because water and electricity do not mix, and you do not want to put yourself or your family in danger.
3. Underfloor Bathroom Heating
There are many bathroom heating options in the market, but one of the most popular today is the underfloor bathroom heater. The system is normally installed within the concrete slab on the bathroom floor, so this should be done during construction or renovation. There are also undertile heaters, which can be installed when you’re replacing floor tiles. While these heaters are effective in cooling the floor, property owners should know that they do not provide space heating, so they must be used together with an overhead or wall-mounted bathroom heater.
4. Panel Heaters
These heaters are basically wall-mounted bathroom heaters. There are two installation options. First, the panel heater can be installed on the wall to heat the bathroom. Secondly, they can be installed within the bathroom wall to save space.
5. Radiant Bathroom Heaters
Also known as strip heaters or electric bar heaters, radiant heaters are normally installed on the bathroom wall. They have one distinct advantage over other types of bathroom heaters; they can heat up the entire bathroom space within a short period of time. This will ensure you enjoy a comfortable environment inside the bathroom. However, this comfort comes at a cost as radiant heaters consume more energy than other units, so they can raise your energy bills. Since these units run on electrical energy, they should be properly mounted away from water sources and safely connected to a power source. This should be done by a licensed electrician with a lot of experience in the industry.