A guide to electric bathroom heaters

A guide to electric bathroom heaters

When it’s freezing cold outside, there really is nothing quite like stepping out the shower or bath tub into a warm bathroom or wrapping yourself up in a soft, warm towel fresh from the radiator, right?

And when it comes to heating your bathroom, there is an awful lot to consider. From radiators and underfloor heating through to heated towel rails and bathroom panel heaters, there’s an extensive range of heating solutions that will ensure that your bathroom is warm and inviting all year round.

We’ve created a guide to electric bathroom heaters, so that you can determine the best bathroom heating solution for your home.

After all, while there is a vast range of options available, some heaters are only suitable for certain bathrooms, depending on the size, shape and style of your bathroom and how it is used.

Are electric heaters safe for the bathroom?

Needless to say, water and electricity do not mix, which is why so many people assume that electric heaters are not safe in a bathroom.

However, there are a number of practical electric heating solutions for the bathroom that are perfectly safe providing that they are installed correctly. Electric bathroom heaters must be installed by a qualified electrician and carry the appropriate IP rating for their fitting location.

The majority of retailers are more than happy to guide you on the best solution for your needs, and can help you choose an electric heater that is safe and fit for purpose.


A heated towel rail vs a full radiator

Whether you’re busy renovating your bathroom or simply looking at new ways to heat your bathroom, you may be wondering whether to opt for a heated towel rail or a full radiator.

Both are effective heat solutions and both have their own unique benefits. However, although a heated towel rail does not give off as much heat as a full radiator, they are far more practical and cost effective. And of course, an added bonus is that a towel rail will keep your towels warm, snug and dry before and after use!


Underfloor heating

Now an affordable luxury, underfloor heating is now a common feature in many homes. More people than ever before are recognising the many benefits that come hand in hand with one of the most luxurious ways to heat your bathroom. There are two main types of underfloor heating to choose from - the dry system, which uses a series of electric wires to heat the floor above the surface and the wet system, which uses hot water pipes to heat the floor.

Great for heating cold tiles and other bathroom flooring, underfloor heating works in both small and large spaces, and is surprisingly inexpensive.


What size electric heater is suitable for a bathroom?

When an electric heater is properly installed, it can be a fantastic addition to any bathroom space however, it’s important that you invest in the right size heater for your bathroom.

If a heater is too small for a space, it will not warm your bathroom properly and will end up being a waste of money.

When it comes to choosing an electric heater it’s always useful to ask the retailer you are purchasing from for advice.


Thermostat and manual heaters – what’s the difference?

Finally, when choosing a bathroom heater, it certainly pays to know the difference between thermostat and manual heaters.

One of the main differences is that thermostatic radiator valves have sensors that contain a liquid or wax. These expand as the temperature of the room increases and contract as the temperature goes down.

On the other hand, manual heaters have an on/off valve that operates in the same way as a tap, regulating hot water flow and changing the temperature only when it is physically turned on or off.

Again, the right heater for you will depend on your specific household needs.


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