How to warm up your bath­room

Lesotho Times - - Property -

DREAD­ING get­ting out of the bath or shower this win­ter? It doesn’t have to be that way, es­pe­cially if you fol­low these seven toasty tips. Be­low are tips on how home­own­ers can heat up their bath­rooms this win­ter:

Heated towel rails Step­ping out of your bath or shower straight into a toasty towel courtesy of a heated towel rail will keep you won­der­fully warm this win­ter.

Heated rails also have the abil­ity to warm up a small bath­room. In fact, un­less your bath­room is par­tic­u­larly big, you can en­joy the warmth pro­vided by a heated rail.

Once you have dried off and got­ten dressed, all that is left to do is place your damp towel on the rail. This will en­sure that your towel is dry and ready for when next you need it, giv­ing you an un­in­ter­rupted sup­ply of warm tow­els this win­ter.

Nowa­days, home­own­ers can get tow­el­ing rails with two en­ergy-ef­fi­cient heated bath­room rail op­tions: the elec­tric units with in­tel­li­gent Au­to­matic Heat­ing Tech­nol­ogy (AHT) and the eco-friendly Hy­dronic heated towel rails pow­ered by so­lar-gen­er­ated hot wa­ter to­gether with a wholly so­lar-pow­ered cir­cu­la­tion pump, re­sult­ing in zero run­ning costs.

Mak­ing use of an elec­tric cir­cu­la­tion pump on hy­dronic heat­ing sys­tems re­sults in neg­li­gi­ble run­ning costs due to the low wattage rat­ings of these ap­pli­ances.

AHT fea­tures a built-in ther­mo­stat which au­to­mat­i­cally re­sponds to tem­per­a­ture changes and ac­ti­vates in­ter­nal switches con­trol­ling the heated towel rail us­ing in­ter­mit­tent elec­tric­ity, and en­sur­ing op­ti­mum op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­tures and the low­est elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion.

Warm Colours Ad­ding warm colours to your bath­room can cre­ate a feel­ing of warmth, while lift­ing your spir­its in the process. In­tro­duce colours like warmer au­tum­nal shades or soft yel­lows. Bring­ing in a warm sum­mer touch cre­ates a look and feel that can heat up your bath­room ex­pe­ri­ence.

Add colour to your bath­room by paint­ing the walls, us­ing tow­els, wood ac­cents or in­cor­po­rat­ing gold, brass and cop­per or­na­ments into your space. Even hang­ing wall art of a scene with a golden sun­set pal­ette can add a warmer and cosier feel to your bath­room.

Heat re­tain­ing baths A long, in­dul­gent bath can be a great way to get warm, but you may find that you need to keep ad­ding hot wa­ter to your bath to main­tain the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture.

One so­lu­tion comes in the form of a bath which re­tains heat.

These baths are made from enam­eled steel, cop­per, stone, brass and lime­stone, all of which are ca­pa­ble of main­tain­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­ture.

While the price tag may need to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, the lux­ury of warm wa­ter, to­gether with the baths’ unique ap­peal, can make for a con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ment.

A fire­place for the bath­room Hav­ing a fire­place is both a nov­elty and lux­ury which adds to the cosy am­bi­ence of a win­ter bath­room.

With the warmth of the fire no longer rel­e­gated to the kitchen, dining room or lounge ar­eas, a bath ac­com­pa­nied by the crisp sounds of burn­ing wood and the soft glow from the fire is the ideal way to en­joy a bath.

In­stalling a fire­place in the bath­room is fairly easy, plus there is the ad­di­tional choice of al­ter­na­tive op­tions like the semi-por­ta­ble elec­tri­cal of­fer­ings, which are al­most as good as their built-in coun­ter­parts.

Have a warm shower Swap­ping your shower head for a newer model is an eco-friendly op­tion. Older mod­els use be­tween 20 and 30 litres of wa­ter a minute, com­pared to the new en­ergy-ef­fi­cient mod­els which tend to use as lit­tle as 8 litres, al­low­ing you to shower a lit­tle longer and build up more steam to warm up your bath­room.

Con­sider get­ting a rain shower which pro­vides a won­der­ful flow of wa­ter. These shower heads come in a range of choices, from sin­gle spray pat­terns to mul­ti­ple jets that de­liver heated wa­ter.

Ba­sic ef­fi­ciency Check your bath­room win­dows to see if they are let­ting in any cold air. This can be done by hold­ing your hand close to the win­dow to check for any drafts.

Home­own­ers can opt for re­place­ment win­dows or use a water­proof filler and sealant like sil­i­cone caulk to close gaps around the win­dow jambs and frames. More­over, ad­ding a res­i­den­tial win­dow film adds so­lar con­trol, which yields the div­i­dend of added pri­vacy. Sim­ply use a hairdryer to shrink the film to fit your win­dow sur­face.

Tem­per­a­tures can also be in­creased by ad­ding or up­grad­ing your in­su­la­tion. Cur­tains or heavy blinds will help in­su­late the room, while pro­vid­ing an at­trac­tive cov­er­ing for the sealant ar­eas.

Heat lamps Switch­ing on a heat lamp gives you the ben­e­fit of both light and warmth. In­fra-red heat­ing tech­nol­ogy of­fers long-last­ing lamps that pro­vide in­stan­ta­neous heat­ing and are splash proof.

Con­sult with an elec­tri­cian be­fore in­stalling a heat lamp in your bath­room to en­sure safe in­stal­la­tion.

Use these tips to say ‘good­bye’ to a cold win­ter ex­pe­ri­ence and ‘hello’ to snug­gling into a de­light­fully warm space.

These are so ap­peal­ing, you may just be for­given for not ever want­ing to leave your bath­room this win­ter.

— Prop­erty24

Heat re­tain­ing baths are made from enam­eled steel, cop­per, stone, brass and lime­stone, all of which are ca­pa­ble of main­tain­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­ture.

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