When designing a bathroom sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the aesthetics and products. What heating is needed can sometimes be an afterthought. However, the heating of your bathroom is as crucial as the power of your shower! The bathroom has a special set of heating requirements that need to be considered. You must know exactly how much heat you need and find the best way to do this within your chosen design. Deciding on the right heating is an area that a bathroom designer can really add value. So, what do you need to consider?
Make sure you know the BTU of your bathroom
This is something you may not have heard of but when looking at what heating you need you must consider the size and shape of the room. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and is an approximation of the amount of energy required to heat 1lb of water from 39 degrees Fahrenheit to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A room’s BTU requirement is based on the cubic volume of the space, which is the height, length and width of the room multiplied by 4. By doing these calculations you can work out the expected heat loss and discover the BTU output you require to heat a room effectively. It is vital to do this before planning your bathroom heating. Not knowing this information could lead you to install a radiator that never reaches its optimum temperature or providing too high a heat which could result in larger household bills.
What are the advantages of underfloor heating?
Underfloor heating is now very popular in bathrooms and it is easy to see why. Not only is it nice to have a warmth underfoot, especially on cold winter mornings, it is also a very efficient way of heating a bathroom. Underfloor heating gently heats a room, evenly distributing warmth around the whole space. It usually heats a room quicker as it heats the floor not the air as radiators do. This warmth from the ground up is less wasteful, as warmth circulates, meaning there are no cold spots. Underfloor heating is great for small bathrooms as it doesn’t take up any space and once installed requires little maintenance. As it doesn’t overheat it is also a great child friendly option. Any bathroom could benefit from this type of heating.
Want to know more?
If you want to create a bathroom that looks great and gives you all the heat you need, think about using our managed service. We can calculate the BTU for you and give you advice on the best way to heat your bathroom. You get to avoid all the hassle and stress of a home improvement project, which is never easy if you already have a busy family life. You have the highest quality tradespeople working for you and you have the reassurance that after the job is finished, if anything goes wrong you can come to us to resolve any issues.