Best heater for a bathroom?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ajax, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. Ajax

    Ajax Monkey++

    In the past we have used a little electric space heater for the bathrooms in the winter while showering since we keep the house temp lower but don't want to get chilled after taking a shower and it helps but is always still chilly feeling, I guess from the humility the shower creates for some reason since it still feels cold. Or maybe just the difference in temps from the hot water to the room so it feels cold even though it isn't.

    I even thought about using a small Mr Heater while in the shower. Does anyone have suggestions on a type of heater that would work well in a bathroom like this?
  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

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  4. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    I considered this option, but I don't have the space or 240V availability. Small bathroom...
  5. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

  6. Tevin

    Tevin Monkey+++

    The humidity from the steam should actually make you feel warmer because the moisture on your skin will not evaporate as quickly and cool you down. This is why 70º still feels chilly in the winter (when humidity is low) but is quite comfortable in the summer (when there is a lot of water in the air).

    Anyway, you should not need more than a few hundred watts to keep an average sized bathroom respectably warm. I have a 1500 watt heater in my large bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, and even the low 750 watt setting is way more than I need.

    I suggest that if it is too cold with what you already have, either your expectations of comfort are unusually high or your house is seriously under insulated.

    Also keep in mind that if you are running the vent fan, that is the same as opening a window. You're probably sucking the warm air out of the room faster than the heater can keep up. Simply not using the fan will go a long way in keeping the place warm.
  7. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    You can mount an infra-red heat lamp in the ceiling. Not a lot of juice required; couple amps. But the infra-red is nice and warm as the heat hits you directly and isn't working so much to heat the room. It might be all you need to feel more comfy when exiting the shower. Pretty common feature in hotel rooms.

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  8. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

  9. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

  10. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Check out Northern Tools. we bought one for the shop office that works well and does not take up much space in the wall.
  11. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    You can get these on sale at the end of season. I got two-for-one at Lowes a few years ago.

    With that said, I tried to heat a sunroom last winter with one of these when the temp got below freezing here in GA. I left the top of the screen door open for venting, and even with that, you could barely breath in the room after about 20 min. I don't recommend this product inside of a bathroom.

    One thing I haven't seen mentioned yet is a ceiling vent that has a heaters.
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