How to Fix a Freezing Cold Bathroom
Taking a shower when the temperature in your bathroom is in single digits is not funny. Who wants to jump out of the tub and be hypothermic in seconds? Not many people, that’s for sure. Bathrooms should be a place where we can soak in the tub or wander around in a towel without chattering teeth. Unfortunately, some bathrooms are cold and deeply unpleasant to use during the colder months of the year. The good news is that you can fix the problem.
Electric Wall Heater
An electric wall heater provides instant heat. It’s the perfect solution for a bathroom that’s not used very often, since using an electric heater regularly will be expensive. Install an electric wall heater high up for safety and don’t attempt to fit one yourself. Electrical installations need to be carried out by a qualified electrician, as electrical work in a bathroom is particularly dangerous.
Underfloor heating is a popular choice for modern bathrooms. Wet underfloor heating can be installed beneath the sub-floor, but this involves taking the floor up, so for most people, an electric underfloor heating mat is a more cost effective solution. You can set your underfloor heating to a timer or thermostat, so it comes on when the bathroom is most likely to be in use. A warm bathroom floor is very pleasant underfoot, especially when it’s cold outside. It’s also great for babies and toddlers since there is no risk of injury from touching a hot radiator or heater.
Heated Towel Rail
Heated towel rails keep your towels warm and are a good source of radiant heat. Simple chrome ladder designs are an economic solution if you are shopping on a budget, but if you have more money to spend and would like to create a splash, check out designer radiators and towel rails from warmrooms.co.uk.
Replace an Old Window
Is your bathroom window ill-fitting? If so, it could be letting in cold drafts. Timber windows are susceptible to the damp atmosphere of a humid bathroom and often begin to rot over time. If your window has seen better days, consider replacing it with a brand new UPVC window that is draft-free and fitted with privacy glass. It will improve the look of your bathroom and make the space feel warmer.
Fix the Roof Insulation
Bathrooms are sometimes added retrospectively, especially in older properties. If your bathroom is at the back of the house, perhaps above an extension, it may lack god insulation in the roof space or walls. To fix the problem, take the ceiling down and fill the void with as much wool fibre insulation as you can. This is also a good opportunity to install attractive ceiling lights to make your bathroom look and feel more modern.
Don’t put up with a cold bathroom. Spend a bit of cash improving your bathroom and you will add value to your home. If you don’t have much money, a wall heater or new radiator offers the best value for money.