There’s nothing worse than stepping out of the shower and into a cold bathroom. Yes, you could turn up your thermostat, but that heats up the entire house and raises your gas or electric bill. However, there is a solution: purchase a small bathroom heater. This way, you can step out of the shower without freezing cold while keeping your heating bill down.
There are several different types of bathroom heaters. If you own an older home, your bathroom may have a heater installed in the bathroom already. While newer houses generally don’t have these types of heaters, if your home is older, you may be in luck. These heaters are connected directly to your home’s heating system, so there’s no need to plug anything in. However, note that in some homes, these heaters have been disconnected because they could be a fire hazard. If you’re looking at new homes to buy, check the bathroom heaters to see if they work.
If you don’t have a built-in bathroom heater, there are a couple of options. First, you can purchase an electric bathroom heater that mounts on the wall. These heaters are more or less just like the built-in heaters with a few exceptions. First, they plug in instead of working off your home’s power system. This means you’ll have to mount them within reach of a power outlet and that you’ll be using up one outlet. You always have the option of unplugging your heater and plugging something else into that outlet, of course, but if you want to run the heater and several other things like a curling iron and a hair dryer, you may find yourself running out of outlets.
Many of these mounted bathroom heaters have several heating settings plus a cooling fan, making them useful both during the cold months and the warm. There are even some that use lamps to warm up the room. These types of bathroom heaters can be mounted on the ceiling of your bathroom, allowing you to keep your limited wall space while still warming up your bathroom.
If you don’t have the space or the desire to attach your bathroom heater to a wall, then you may want to invest in a small portable electric heater. These come in various sizes. The smaller ones can heat up a small bathroom fairly quickly, while larger heaters are capable of heating a bedroom or other large space. The benefit to using one of these heaters as your bathroom heater is that you can move it to another room if you need to. You can also put these types of heaters away in the closet when not in use. One of the down sides to electric heaters is that you do need to make certain they are turned off and unplugged when you’re finished using them. While most new portable heaters have automatic cut-off switches if they’re tipped over or get too hot, some older ones have been known to start fires. This isn’t much of a concern with modern electric heaters, but it’s still better to be safe.
Bathroom heaters vary in cost. The small, portable electric heaters can be fairly inexpensive, while the larger wall and ceiling mounted versions are more expensive. However, using a small bathroom heater to warm up the room instead of raising the temperature in your entire home will certainly save you on heating costs. All types of bathroom heaters use less energy than a full home furnace. In fact, many are designed to use energy as efficiently as possible. No matter what type of bathroom heater you decide on, you’ll be able to look forward to a nice, warm bathroom without expecting a high heating bill.