Saturday, 13 June 2009

Clearing the Air About Heating and Ventilation in Your Bathroom

Who likes being broiled to death on a hot summer's day after a steam shower or having to tip toe across the tile in the morning on a cold winter's day? Its amazing how this could happen in the same room. So how do we deal with these two extreme conditions of nature? How can we clear up that muggy air while at the same time taking the chill off? The solution is actually quite simple; it's all about climate control. Installing the proper heating and ventilation system in your bathroom can make all the difference in the world.

Ah yes, the rejuvenating effects of a long hot shower or soak in your tub! Euphoria! But then your step out into your cool bathroom; talk about a slap in the face back into reality. What a way to ruin the moment. This could all be avoided if you had a small auxiliary heater in the ceiling or wall while you towel off and better yet if you add a timer then you would never have to step into a cold bathroom in the morning ever again.

Now heating your bathroom can be accomplished by two different types of heaters: those that heat the air called convection heaters or those that heat surfaces, where heat is absorbed and then radiated back into the room apply named, radiant heaters. Convection heaters are usually compact electrical portables that heat a coil and then a fan blows the hot air into the room. It's usually best to purchase one that you can adjust the heat, has a timer and a safety cutoff switch in case it gets too hot. Radiant heaters use infrared light bulbs to heat up bathroom surfaces and can be either stand up or surface mounted on your bathroom ceiling. You can also use heated towel bars that keep your towels warm and toasty and double as a kind of radiator to heat surfaces nearby.

Ventilating your bathroom is very important, both to keep it dry so mold and mildew do not take hold and also to remove steam and stale air. It's also important that your bathroom exhaust fan have adequate capacity to ventilate your particular sized bathroom area. The minimum rating is that your fan should be able to exchange the air in your lavatory at least eight times every hour. It should be noted here that if your fan needs to exhaust through an overtly long duct with several bends and turns, your fan rating will need to be higher to make up the difference. Also if noise is an issue for you, then get a fan with a lower "sone" rating for quieter operation. And don't forget to periodically clean your vent ducts to insure optimum air quality in your home and bathroom.

Terry Reflex is a contributing writer for the Bathroomguru Review, an online resource where you can learn the secrets of professional Bathroom Guru's. The Bathroomguru Review provides information on bathroom trends, bathroom design, bathroom remodeling, bathroom renovation and bathroom product reviews. Learn how to do it like the professionals and pamper yourself by creating the bathroom you've always wanted.

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