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Bathroom Heaters Offer Toasty Comfort At A Reasonable Cost

Bathroom Heaters Offer Toasty Comfort At A Reasonable Cost

Tired of dreading your morning shower because stepping out of your shower is more like stepping into an icebox; bathroom heaters are solving that problem for many, many people.

You don’t need to suffer in your own bathroom any longer. Whether your home is old or new, many homeowners complain that their bathrooms are cold.

Modern homes with forced air heating systems often have heating units that don’t have the ‘umpf’ to get the warm air to where the bathroom is. Older homes can be drafty and not well insulated which can be the cause of chilly bathrooms. The addition of a simple bathroom heater can make all the difference in your family’s comfort level when using the lavatory. Best of all, these bathroom heaters are energy efficient because you only need to run them when you need them.

Things to consider when shopping for bathroom heaters

Before deciding on a particular type of heater, take an objective look at your bathroom.

  • Do I need small heater for bathroom or a larger one?
  • Are you bathroom Ceilings high or standard height?
  • Does your bathroom have sufficient room on the floor for a free standing bathroom heater?
  • Do you need to be creative on placement of the heating unit and consider a wall or ceiling mounted unit?
  • The last thing you want is to be tripping over an inconveniently placed bathroom heater.

Fortunately, styles of bathroom heaters have come a long way and are offered in a variety of styles and functions.

How to determine the right sized heater for your bathroom:

Bathroom heaters come in a lot of different wattages. Measure your bathroom to get the approximate square footage of your room as most heaters are manufactured with a specific wattage rating to heat a recommended square footage.

Here is a good guideline to follow: Figure you’ll need about 10 watts per square foot. If your room measures 12 X 12 then your room is 144 sq. ft. So 144 Sq. Ft x 10 watts tells you you’ll need about a 1500 watt heater to sufficiently heat your bathroom.

Wall mounted bathroom heaters fit flush into your wall and can save you a lot of space. They usually come in 120 or 240 volt styles, and many even come with convenient timers and self regulating thermostats. Ceiling heaters are another great space saving option.

These bathroom heaters mount flush into your ceiling and have a wall switch to turn the unit on and off. Bulb heaters often are coupled with an exhaust fan and come in styles ranging from 1 to 4 bulbs. Each bulb is between 250-270 watts. Separate wall switches control the heater and the exhaust fan. Baseboard heat is a traditional, dependable heating method that has been available for a long time and is available in units ranging from 500-1200 watts.

Should I install my new bathroom heater myself or hire a professional?

It’s recommended if you are not skilled with installing electrical appliances or fixtures, that you hire a professional electrician to perform your bathroom heater installations. A professional electrician who is familiar with bathroom heaters will look out for thing you might miss, like whether the unit can come into contact with wall insulation and the recommended best installation height and location. The professional installer has probably seen hundreds of bathrooms and knows best where these units will benefit from optimal placement.

Although technically not considered a bathroom heater, a luxurious accessory that can be added to your bathroom is an electric wall mounted towel warmer. Many of these units plug into an existing wall outlet and some are even floor standing models. These units gently warm your bath towels on demand so your towel is toasty warm when you step out of your warm shower or bath.

Portable bathroom heaters are another non-permanent installation option. Just like a space heater, it can be plugged into any standard outlet and moved as needed. These units also come with a self regulating thermostat that will turn the heating element off when the room reaches the designated temperature.

These units are ultra-affordable at prices right around $40. Recently, wall mounted heaters that plug into a traditional outlet have become available from specialty retailers like Brookstone. While these units may not have the power of a permanently installed unit, their pricing and transportability make them an option to consider. These units are also a smart choice if you are renting an apartment or home and don’t want to or are not permitted to add a permanent fixture in your bathroom wall or ceiling.

With the variety of models available, it is easy to find bathroom heaters to fit any sized bathroom or budget. Prices can range from units prices as low as $100 to towel warmers over $500. Getting a good deal on a bathroom heater is as easy as doing your homework and shopping around. Many on-line retailers offer discount like free shipping on these types of heaters. So stop freezing and start enjoying a bathroom heaters toasty warmth.

Laguna Wooden Bathtub

Wooden Bathtub

The wooden bathtub offered by Laguna are an example of refined elegance. Inspired by dark woods which invite and radiate a sense of warmth and serenity; these bathtubs are the pinnacle of luxury.

The Pearl Wooden Bathtub is freestanding and compact. Its deep color and breathtaking shine can add that needed flair to an existing bathroom. Its slope design makes it easy to stretch out and relax.

When finished with chrome faucets, the contrast of metal and wood is pleasantly impressive.

Laguna Spa provides a new and unique twist to bath time. Freestanding with an oval design like the Pearl bathtub, the Spa has an added feature. The entire rim is lined in pebbles that simulate a natural feel while having the privacy of residence.

Relaxing in the spa is an experience within itself. Watching the water softly brush over the pebbles and recede promotes the feeling of relaxation. The spa is also a dark wood design that draws the eyes and entices the mind. The Laguna Basic offers the common rectangular design but with the elegance of a wooden bathtub. The sharp lines flow into a curved bowl that provides an eye-pleasing contrast. This tub is ideal for any type of bathroom and can enhance the decorum drastically.

The ability to line the edge with candles or have a glass of wine at the ready are just some advantages of the Basic over its sister, the Pearl Tub and Spa.

All the Laguna Wooden Tubs are breathtaking and provide an opulent style and creativity for any home. It will be a pleasure to take a long, hot bath in any of the models. Stress will simply drift away using the Laguna tubs.

Porcher Pedestal Sinks

Porcher Pedestal Sinks

The Porcher pedestal sinks provide a classic and timeless touch to any bathroom. Sleek and elegant, these pedestal sinks come in several fashionable designs.

Each of these sinks is a minimalist dream as they lack the sharp edges of countertops where clutter can accumulate.
The pedestal sinks do lack storage space that is normally found under most other bathroom sinks but the design statement of the sink’s simplicity and nature would be ruined by any such storage areas.

The pedestal sinks from Porcher are available in several varieties.

The Draped Pedestal features a free form frosted glass bowl that is draped over a wrought iron base. This style is certainly unique and is sure to become the focal point of the bathroom.

Calla II is more of a classic style pedestal sink with a simple design of a white base and rectangular basin with smooth corners.

One of the most beautiful of Porcher pedestal sinks is the Stone Pedestal.

Hand carved black stone creates the Stone sink that is free standing from the wall and a circular basin makes an elegant statement about simplicity and class.

Pedestal sinks are a timeless fixture accessory suitable for any bathroom. Those with smaller lavatories will find that these sinks will free up needed floor space while being stylish and in vogue.

Porcher has several other styles of pedestal and bathroom vanities. Then the ones listed above and all are reasonably priced so it should not be too hard to find something suiting to your tastes. There is no reason to ignore your bathroom as you remodel or redecorate your home.

In fact, the designing options available in the bathroom are limitless and the Porcher Pedestal sinks can provide inspiration.

Sink? Aquarium? Both!

Sink? Aquarium? Both!

Tired of that same old white sink with that boring countertop cluttered with hairbrushes, toothbrushes, and other paraphernalia that is commonly found in bathrooms? Well, if you are brave with a great sense of humor and whimsy you just may want to look into the Moody Aquarium Sink.

The Aquarium Sink is by far one of the strangest and most beautiful bathroom fixtures available on the market today. The aquarium sink is a functional aquarium capable of holding gold fish and other smaller fish in healthy living conditions while providing a place to wash your hands.

The aquarium can be accessed by two points which is sealed with soap dishes so cleaning and maintenance of your fishy friends is easily done. The sink is completely functional and the fish are safe in their home. The entire sink is glass so you will be able to watch the fish at all angles.

The sink stands on a lovely chrome finish brass and while the sink lacks storage space the added benefit of the fish makes it all worth it. The water in the aquarium is circulated for oxygenation and so that the water is filtered making cleaning easier.

The aquarium sink is certainly not for everyone. This is an actual aquarium and needs to be treated as such with regular cleaning and maintenance.

The sink will be right at home in most decors, especially the more nautical bathroom themes. Fashion aside, the aquarium sink is just fun and cute and will certainly be a subject of many conversations.

Accessorizing your Bathroom – More Than Soap and Sponges

Accessorizing your Bathroom

Bathroom Decorations

Today the bathroom or washroom or ‘water closet’ is no longer just a place to go and do your business. It has become more like a spa or a place to go and get away from everyone then just a utilitarian space to brush your teeth or clean up or, well, you know.

As such more and more people have been giving a long hard look at their bath spaces and realizing that the 50’s tile and boring hardware just isn’t cutting it for them anymore.

High-end bathroom restorations where you gut the space and put in all new equipment can be very expensive and time consuming.

But there are some things you can do without major changes to redress this space and make it your own.
I’m talking about bathroom design furniture and accessorizing of course!

Tub, Tiles, Toilet: A First Inventory

First take inventory – if you have a basic 5×10 space with blue tile and white tub and toilet you may be a little limited to how much changes you can make, but odds are you can still make a world of difference without replacing anything major.

For instance, the often unnoticed towel, toilet paper and soap racks that litter your wall space – have you really looked at them? Do so for a moment: do you like what you see or do you just shrug and think “yeah well, that works I guess”? If the later then big improvements can be made for just a few dollars and using nothing more than a screw and hex driver!

Most modern-day home supply stores have a variety of styles and materials of fixtures for bathrooms. Changing out an old 70’s style square chromed tube holder for one with white porcelain end caps and polished or satin nickel finishes can change the entire feeling of a room and can be done in a day easily even on a modest budget.

Ideas for Replacing the Existing Fixtures

Changing out all existing fixtures and perhaps adding a few that hadn’t been thought of previously such as razor-trays or heated towel racks can update a space and add a nice visual touch at the same time. Many unusual products like shaving cream heaters and floating glass shelves are also available to add storage as well as visual appeal – and anything that gets that counter space free in the bath is a good thing! Speaking of mirrors, counters most bathrooms have sinks that have seen their better days. Often it’s too expensive to replace the entire countertop or the sink but a new sink fixture to match the new hardware surrounding it is normally easy to accomplish and if you have water cut-offs can typically be done by a handyman without having to pull out the checkbook and call a plumber.

Adding a water filter at this time can also add a lot to the safety aspects of your bath – and consider using a kitchen-style ‘pull out’ sprayer facet to help you wash your hair in the sink or rinse down all those pesky nose hairs and shaving debris your roommate keeps complaining about!

Of course we’re talking accessories here and not major remodel, so besides the bling and the toys and new fixtures what else can we really do to change the feel of a ‘washroom’?

Well what about those tired old bathroom shower curtains. Yes, I see you looking up now – it’s the first time you’ve actually looked AT those curtains since you bought the house isn’t it?

They simply are just there – functional and quiet … but what if you could add a touch of color and class? Have you ever considered what red satin with fringes or even stained-glass sliding panels surrounded by velveteen-looking curtains would look like? You can do that you know – a quick trip to the hardware store and a few hours can work wonders on a bath area and help to set the tone for an entire room.

One needed break the bank or get involved in major projects though – simply choosing different colored towels and a few strategic bits of artwork can work wonders as well. Change out those old tired rugs and take off the toilet seat cover – maybe replace it with an industrial based design or one with inlaid mother of pearl.

The sky really is the limit … and when it comes to a room that you may have to share but never at the same time it just makes sense to make it your own. Go ahead … indulge a little!