It’s very important to consider cold spots, ventilation and the effect of steam in your bathroom when choosing heating products to suit your property. But we know that there’s more to choosing your heating than appeasing the physical quirks of your bathroom. Today, a rich and varied heating market means that electric heating products are not only functional warmth providers – they can be stylish home accessories which complement your interior design scheme. Adaptive to suit your lifestyle, electric heaters provide in-depth heating schedules to help you program your appliances to provide warmth exactly when it’s needed. This is the future of bathroom heating – heating which is dictated by your needs and not by technology, so here are five tips for choosing truly inspirational bathroom heating products.
1 – When do you use your bathroom?
Very few people need heat in their bathrooms all day. Many houses are left totally empty on weekdays, their heating systems switched off or working at a low level, as their occupants head to work or school. Even those people who work from home or are retired may not need heat in their bathrooms throughout the day – many people prefer taking slightly chilly toilet breaks to heating an entire room throughout the day when it may only have two or three visits. The prime bathroom heating period is in the mornings, when you wash for the day ahead, and in the evenings, when you may wish to take a relaxing bath. Heating your bathroom all day not only wastes energy – it is needlessly expensive. Tailoring your heating schedule to your lifestyle is a great way to save money. Programmers give you endless scope to control your heating and offer total management over your heating schedule. If you need more immediate heat, infrared products can warm you at the touch of a button – just the thing for a quick nip to the loo or a long soak in the bath!
2 – Is your heating solution splash-proof?
Bathrooms bring with them a heating requirement that is in many homes unique: the capability to be installed in close proximity to open sources of water. It may be an obvious point, but it’s worth considering if you’re hoping to expand your home heating system to fit in your bathroom – not all products suitable for home use are also compatible with bathroom installation, check first! It’s a common misconception that electric heating cannot be installed in bathrooms. All our infrared panels and electric towel rails for bathroom installation have fully enclosed elements and are rated splashproof or above, though must be professionally installed by a qualified electrician.
3 – Is space an issue in your bathroom?
In the past, many homeowners have found their heating choices are made for them, to some extent, by limitations on space. In small, cramped or narrow bathrooms there is seldom space for large wall mounted radiators. In the modern heating market, however, it is no longer necessary to sacrifice efficiency for space-saving as current generation heating products take up a minimum of space. Modern towel rails come in exceptionally slim tempered glass panels and take up a minimal amount of room. For an even more amazing space saver, some infrared heater panels double-up as mirrors so you won’t take up any more valuable wall space than you need to. Needless to say, the ultimate way to maximise your bathroom space is to plump for underfloor heating – no more monopolised wall space.
4 – What’s your budget?
In an ideal world, you’d be able to fit your home with all mod-cons no matter the cost or installation time but, sadly, for most people these will be the deciding factors. If you have the time, heating methods that take longer to install – such as under floor heating – can be worth the higher cost as they offer a much more inconspicuous and low maintenance heating method. It can be a more disruptive process compared to other electric heating systems but will last for years and years to come. Don’t worry if you need something more instantaneous at a lower cost; electric heating leads the market in the provision of fast, easy-install heating that won’t cost you a fortune to fit. Infrared heaters and towel rails are inexpensive and can be fitted quickly by a qualified electrician with minimal installation cost.
5 – What’s your bathroom interior design scheme?
For some people the bathroom is nothing more than a functional space. But for the many people who enjoy home development and take pride in their interior design, the physical appearance of heating products can have a significant impact on their heating choices. Sleek and stylish electric towel rails are great choices for bathrooms with a minimalistic contemporary design, creating a striking focal contrast. For even more choice, infrared picture panels can be customised with any image of your choice – a beautiful beach scene, a stunning seaside panorama, a wild and wonderful hilltop landscape… You can truly make your heating a work of art that perfectly complements your interior design scheme.