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loveka



Joined: 19 Aug 2016
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Looking for a small electric bathroom heater! Reply with quote

The only ace it can go is on the wall at the side of the toilet, so has to be small so people don't touch it whilst on the loo!

It needs to heat the whole bathroom, and I can't find one with sufficient wattage. The house only has electric and can't have anything else.

There used to be a skirting board heater in there, but we took it out because we were worried guests would complain that their children could be burnt on it.

Any ideas? Thanks.
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Zingara



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can I suggest a thermostatically controlled heated towel rail, if you can find the space ?

Google search: Victorian plumbing have a good range
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GillianF



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about something high up on the wall?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you considered underfloor heating??
Bathrooms are usually quite small with regard to floor space so it is not an expensive option (can be underfloor electric heating).

It's the most efficient form of heating and a great bit of luxury to advertise in your property.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning

May also, if you haven't already, check on regulations of electrical items in a bathroom.
I have had the same issue before.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Underfloor heating , if you don't have to take up floor tiles of course.
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Ben McNevis



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a wall-mounted fan heater high on the wall in the bathroom with isolator switch also high on the wall. This was installed by an electrician in 2007. I don't know if the regs have changed since then. Anyway, it's brilliant as it makes the bathroom feel warmer in a few seconds. It has a timed function, so you pull the cord to switch on, and it stays on for about 5 minutes, or you can pull again to switch off.

The only problems we have had with these heaters is that some people pull the cord too hard, breaking the pathetic plastic mechanism inside.

Look for Dimplex FX20VE
and after installing, cut the acorn off the cord to make it harder to pull too hard.
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greenbarn



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Regulations do allow for wall heaters, and even nowadays power sockets and standard light switches to be fitted in a bathroom BUT there are restrictions on where they can be located within the bathroom.
The bathroom is divided into Zones that are defined as distances from the bath or shower horizontally and vertically ranging from Zone 0 which is inside the bath or shower tray(!!) out to Zone 2.
Itís worth a google to find a diagram of the zoning which isnít complicated and will give a good idea of where something can be located, but that will have to be confirmed by the electrician fitting it, along with whether additional circuit breakers are required. Check that any diagram youíre looking at is for the up to date (currently17th) edition of the regs.
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loveka



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies.

The current towel rail is high up on the wall, we need something more powerful to replace it with. I will look at the wall mounted fan heater. I'm just a bit worried people will leave it on!

I would love under floor heating, but the bathroom has a beautiful (apparently original) floor that I wouldn't want to tamper with.
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loveka



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, of course you said the fan heater has a timer!
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