During the winter, it’s cold throughout your home, especially wherever there are windows. There’s one place in particular, though, where you really feel the chill: the bathroom. You don’t want to shiver as you dry off or during calls of nature in the winter, but keeping heat pumping into your bathroom non-stop can cause your electric bills to soar. Keep warm in your bathroom during cold weather economically with these simple cost-effective tips.
Get Towel Warmers
Having a warm, fluffy towel to dry yourself with after a shower can instantly make you feel warm all over. However, it’s not always practical to run to your dryer to grab towels and hope they stay warm until you’re done showering. Instead, consider a towel warmer.
Towel warmers are devices built to warm towels in your bathroom. Make sure you don’t get the electrical cord wet, but the racks are safe to install in a room that’s often moist with steam. They can warm up towels fast precisely when you need them to combat the chill of the bathroom.
Insulate Your Windows
Insulating your home’s windows during the winter months will decrease the cold air that creeps in while preventing the warm air your furnace produces from leaking out. If you have any windows in your bathroom, insulate them early on in the chilly season.
You can purchase an insulation kit from any hardware store. The kit typically includes both double-sided tape and plastic sheets. To install, you stick double-sided tape along the outside of the window frame, then stick a piece of the plastic sheet cut to fit the window onto the tape and run a hair dryer over it to shrink the sheet. Taking it off is as simple as tugging away the plastic and removing the tape.
Install an Efficient Shower Head
A nice, warm shower is one way to warm up your bathroom without turning up the heat. Even after the shower, the steam will spread throughout the room and warm it up while you dry off. However, the longer your shower, the more water you waste.
There’s a simple solution: Swap your outdated shower head for a high-efficiency, low-flow shower head. These modern designs allow you to take longer showers while wasting less water. You won’t even notice the difference in decreased water flow. This allows you to warm up the bathroom with steam.
Trap the Steam
Although ventilation is important for a bathroom during a shower in order to decrease the likelihood of mold and mildew buildup, during cold weather, you want to stay warm in a hot shower’s steam. At the least, keep the door shut when you take a shower. If you choose not to have the fan running while you’re in the shower, turn it on and let it run for at least 10 minutes after you’re done and no longer need to stay warm inside the bathroom.
Purchase a Heat Lamp
Bathrooms without adequate heating can warm up for a fraction of the cost of turning up the thermostat by using heat lamps. If you can afford the installation, heat lamps can provide the right amount of heat you need. Since most are equipped with a timer, you won’t have to worry about the lamp continuing to heat the bathroom after you’ve finished should you forget to turn it off.
There are a number of safe, affordable and simple ways to stay warm in the bathroom even when the temperature outside is dipping into the single digits. Of course, don’t do something like put a space heater in the bathroom — they’re not meant to run in wet environments and could cause an electrical fire. Instead, rely on tips such as these that safely trap heat and make your bathroom more efficient.
About the Author: Marceline Batten is a contributing writer and home design consultant. She suggests her clients use materials like those found at Decor Planet in their remodels.