Cooler weather can throw a chill in the air. If you find yourself cringing every time you enter the bathroom, your feet hit the floor after a shower, or you think a scalding hot shower will mitigate the frigid draft of air blowing into the shower, we are here to help. Our top tips for warming up your bathroom this winter will keep you from blowing up your heat and water bills.
1. Pre-warm your towels
Yes, this may sound a little over the top, but once you experience this relatively inexpensive luxury, you’ll never go back. There are a few ways to get this for yourself:
● The simplest solution is to throw your towels in the dryer or drape them over a radiator for 20 minutes before using them
● For a long term solution, we strongly recommend that you invest in a towel warmer. Freestanding models plug into an outlet while wall-mounted versions have to be hardwired directly into your electrical system.
2. Preheat your bathroom
Preheating your bathroom is a surefire way to improve your wintertime bathroom experience. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can program it to bring up the home temperature 15 to 30 minutes before you get up so the bathroom will warm up before you enter it.
If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a programmable thermostat, you can invest in a small, portable electric heater. You can plug it into the power outlet in your bathroom or plug it in just outside. Pointing it at the shower for 15 minutes or so before you get in will save your toes and make your shower experience much more enjoyable.
As with all space heaters, make sure that it is certified for safety in Australia. Never leave a portable heater unattended. Buying a model that shuts off automatically adds an extra level of protection.
3. Seal the room: check windows and unblock heat vents
Cold air can seep in through old windows or broken seals. Feel around the frame of each closed window to tell if there is cold air coming in. If you can feel any drafts, you need to reseal your windows. It’s pretty easy to do with an inexpensive foam weather-stripping or silicone caulk to fill the gaps.
Another trick is to not use your exhaust fan during your shower. The fan will suck all the heat and steam out of the bathroom, leaving you cold. Instead, turn the fan on after you’re done showering to remove any remaining moisture or mildew.
Finally, this may seem obvious, but double check that nothing is blocking any of your heat vents. Make sure they have a clear path directly into the bathroom.
4. Heated floors
If you are renovating your bathroom, installing radiant floor heating is the way to go for a warm and toasty bathroom. There are several different options to accommodate your needs and budget. You could also consider an electric baseboard heater if a total remodel isn’t in the cards. These are less invasive and more affordable.
5. Warm lighting
Many people don’t know this, but there are light bulbs designed to heat up small spaces called heat light bulbs. They wouldn’t make a noticeable difference in a larger room but are ideal for most bathrooms.
6. Upgrade your shower head
Installing a larger shower head can help you stay warmer while showering. Be sure to install it directly overhead, so it soaks your whole body. Looking for a shower head that delivers less water per minute than a standard showerhead will let you have longer showers without blowing your budget.
If you’re looking to start winterising your bathroom, get in touch with Crystal Bathrooms for your next bathroom renovation.