Though much of the country has been experiencing a heat wave as of late (Indian summer, anyone?), it’s still hard to ignore that fall is knocking on our door. Yep, it’s just around the corner.
Heck, Starbucks has even brought back pumpkin spice already!
So, as we prepare for warmer clothes and colder nights, it’s natural for our minds to drift toward ways to make our homes cozier.
Take a quick poll and we can bet that most people have one experience they’d like to nix in these coming months—the dreaded frigid bathroom. Nothing slaps your face (or feet) awake in the morning quite like padding into the powder room to use the commode. Cold tiles, chilly drafts, and the absence of a downy duvet really do a number on all of us.
Luckily, we’ve rounded up some bathroom heater options that will help make cold bathrooms a thing of the past.
Why a Bathroom Heater?
You may be thinking, “Why wouldn’t I just set my thermostat to kick it up a notch in the early hours of the day?” This way your house is already working its way to a warm and toasty state before your alarm clock goes off.
However, we recommend taking a closer look at your morning routine. Do you live alone, or with a roommate or spouse, and quickly get up and ready to head off to work? Do you drag your kids out of bed to make the school bus only to have an empty house after a spurt of chaos?
Our point is, unless all rooms of your house are going to be occupied throughout the morning and day, it may be an unnecessary expense to crank up the heat throughout the entire home.
That’s why focusing on heating your main rooms of focus in the morning—such as the bathroom—can help make you feel more comfortable without spiking your gas or electric bill.
Enter bathroom heaters.
Having an effective and efficient exhaust fan in your bathroom can really make or break your shower experience.
Attempting to shave or apply makeup in a fogged-up mirror is a sure way to guarantee that you aren’t putting your best face forward (literally). Don’t even get us started on trying to blow dry hair in a humid bathroom—trust us, men, it takes double the time and creates double the frizz.
And, did you know that you can enjoy a powerful exhaust fan with a heater built right in? It’s true; most bathroom heater fans use infrared heat lamps and can help keep bathroom surfaces drier than a regular fan—thus fighting off mildew, mold, and odors.
Installing an exhaust fan is something you can even choose to do on your own if you like a good DIY project. We suggest checking out this step-by-step guide from This Old House to help.
Ceiling Heat Lamps
Heat lamps are generally a popular solution to the chilly bathroom problem. They are usually made to be installed and positioned above where you might be standing as you step out of the shower or stand in front of the vanity.
They work well in shorter periods of time while you bathe or get ready for the day, but they aren’t built to be your main source of heat. They should only be turned on for smaller amounts of time, so you want to be sure that you are mindful to turn them on and off depending on your need.
In addition, the strength of the bulbs in the heat lamp will depend on the size of your room—a smaller bathroom will obviously heat up more quickly from a smaller energy output, so it’s important to assess your personal needs.
Though heat lamps can certainly do the trick of warming up your bathroom for a quick stint, it’s probably best to leave this installation job to the professionals since you’re dealing with tapping into the electric system in your ceiling.
Radiant Floor Heating
As with most heating solutions, the key theory prevails: Hot air rises. This means that you are left with the cumbersome task of trying to heat your bathroom from the top down.As with most heating solutions, the key theory prevails: Hot air rises. Click To Tweet
One way to combat this science is by putting your heat source at the bottom. Yep, we mean your floors.
By heating from the ground up, you’re focusing your energy bill dollars closer to what needs to be warmed up—you.
Some might immediately write off an in-floor radiant heating system because they think it’s too costly compared to regular flooring (hint: it’s not). However, especially when we are talking about a room of less square footage like a bathroom, installing heated floors can actually be a cost-effective path. In fact, this Forbes article walks you through the benefits.
Think about it: Not only are you are able to heat your body faster, but you are also able to distribute heat throughout the entire room more quickly since that warm air is rising up toward the ceiling.
Another bonus point? The instant gratification of toasty toes will help your brain think your body is a more comfortable temperature from the moment you step into the bathroom.
Radiant floor heating can also be concealed under stone, vinyl, tile, marble, wood, or even carpeting, providing a sleek, modern look. Not to mention the ‘wow’ factor it delivers to guests and potential homebuyers.
In addition, installing this kind of feature can be simple if you have a partner like EZ Heat Zone to provide you with easy-to-follow directions and training.
Mobile Heater Fan
If you are looking for a less permanent solution—maybe you rent or are avoiding any home improvements—then a compact space heater with a fan could be your best bet.
It’s light and small enough that you can either leave it in a corner of your bathroom or move it around to be close to you as you go through your morning routine.
A space heater with a fan is generally safer than your generic electric space heater, so it could be a smart move for your particular living situation.
Compact heaters with fans usually use either a ceramic plate (which is self-regulating) or an open-coil (which might get the air hotter more quickly, but could pose a potential safety risk as it can potentially burn you).
The best news about both types of heaters? They’re cheap and no installation is needed!
As with any potential home renovation, it’s important to take note of your particular space, needs, and wants.
Even though safety always rules, keeping in mind your household’s daily schedule, your budget, and your long-term goals will help steer you in the direction of the bathroom heater that is best for you.
The good news is that no matter what avenue you choose, you can feel warm and fuzzy inside knowing that your morning bathroom routine is about to become a lot more pleasant.