Bathrooms are damp spaces with high levels of humidity, and are also often the smallest room in the house. This makes them particularly challenging places to heat.
An underheated bathroom will be prone to serious problems with mould, as well as being very unpleasant to use in the colder months. However, keeping the room toasty warm for long spells can lead to high energy bills, particularly if you do not have an energy efficient heating system. So what is the best solution?
The first thing to do is to take into account the size of the room, Homebuilding and Renovating explains. This is not just in terms of the floorspace, but also the height of the ceiling, and the number and size of the windows.
If your bathroom is a fairly compact space, you may be able to heat it solely with a heated towel rail, providing it has the correct thermal output. Think carefully about the size and shape of the room and pick a rail that makes the best use of the available space. For example, a tall slender rail could fit into a narrow space.
A larger room will need a secondary source of heat. A great option is underfloor heating, because you won’t need to take up any more wall and floorspace with bulky radiators. The lovely warmth underfoot also feels ultra-luxurious as you step out of the bath or shower, and continues to emit a gentle heat for a long time after the source is switched off.
Electric underfloor heating systems are relatively easy to retrofit to a bathroom and are cost effective to run, so they are a good choice if you want to install it to your current property. If you are lucky enough to be fully renovating a house, or designing a new-build, it is worth considering a piped underfloor heating system that connects with the boiler.
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