Bathroom heater buying guide
John, DIYer & IT developer, Brighton59 guides
- Operating mode
- Safety guidelines
- Size of bathroom
- Type of heater
- Heating options
Why use an additional heater?
What important safety guidelines are there?
Just like any electrical appliance, a space heater mustn't be placed on or near a water source such as a sink, shower or bathtub. Splashes of water interfering with the circuitry can have disastrous consequences.
What type of space heater to choose for your bathroom?
They can be used in any room of the house and are available at power ratings of up to 3000W – or enough to heat a room 30m² with normal insulation and ceiling height. One downside is that they take a while to heat up because the oil needs to rise in temperature.
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In larger bathrooms, an oscillating feature can be used to send hot air in all directions and thereby heat the entire room. Some fan heaters can also be fixed to the wall. Always follow manufacturers' guidelines and make sure the fan can take in enough air to avoid overheating. A clearance of 5cm at the back is usually sufficient. These heaters are light, easy to move around and store, and generally have a range of heating speeds. Last but definitely not least, make sure your model is intended for bathroom use. Unlike with the other types of heater, you'll find something to suit here if you have a smaller bathroom. Fan heaters can be ceramic-block (improved heating quality) or resistor-only (cheaper).
What options and features are available?
All these types of heaters can be bought with extra features to enhance their use, economy and performance.
Which heater's best for my bathroom?
It's difficult to make a space heater truly efficient because efficiency depends on thermal inertia – and this process is drawn-out as it requires a solid or liquid body to heat up first (dry or liquid inertia) before returning the heat to the surrounding air via radiation.
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How to choose your shower rail?
How to choose your shower cubicle?
How to choose your shower door and walls?
How to choose your shower handrail?
How to choose your bathtub?
How to choose your bathroom units?
How to choose your toilet?
How to furnish your bathroom?
John, DIYer & IT developer, Brighton 59 guides écrits
Since I was a child, I was always interested in manual and technical works. Always fascinated by woodworking, I took advantage of my first flat as a playground. On the cards: electricity (of course, safety first!) and some partition walls; but also decorating with the help of the missus, made-to-measure furniture and little tricks to optimise the space, all the while remaining as original as possible. When the little one arrived, I started building bits and pieces for him!
Lacking space, I have not got a permanent workshop and certain tools I dream about but are not part of my collection. Not to worry, I already know a lot about DIY and I have a high-tech profile that I hope will guide you in your decisions!
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