How To Go About Heating Your Wet Room
Major house builders in the UK are using wet rooms to increase the value of their properties according to a study published by AMA research. Based on the official numbers, wet rooms are becoming more and more in demand today, with the market expected to grow up to 5% annually until 2021. The good news is that despite the market’s continued growth, prices have actually fallen. This means that now is the perfect time to build your own wet room.
Now, one of the biggest considerations in doing so, aside from waterproofing, is heating. This is because not only will proper heating make your showers significantly more comfortable, but also dry the area much faster after you’re done. But how exactly do you effectively heat a wet room?
The most popular option: underfloor heating
One of the most effective ways to warm up any space is underfloor heating. Also known as radiant heating, it’s an extremely efficient alternative to more traditional air-based heating solutions. Most of the heat produced by air-based heaters end up being quickly dispersed overhead because hot air is naturally designed to rise. This means that you either have to turn up the thermostat or keep the heater running for much longer to keep a comfortable temperature. Both options, of course, translate to higher energy bills.
This is where underfloor heating comes in. You see, heat that radiates from the floor rises much slower, keeping it at a height that’s perfectly usable for much longer. In addition, it also makes you feel much warmer faster because it has direct contact with your feet—especially when used in areas like wet rooms where the floor is made with highly heat-conductive materials like tiles and stone.
A promising alternative
Aside from underfloor heating, however, you can also use things like portable bio-ethanol fireplaces as a heat source. The cool thing about them is that they not only add to the overall style of any room (or outdoor space), they also don’t produce any smoke, making them perfect for indoor use. In addition, the bio-ethanol they use is also 100% renewable, so they are also perfectly environmentally friendly as well.
Which one should you use?
Well, the short answer is get both if you have the money. If you’re operating on a limited budget, however, then go with underfloor heating first because it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to heat up your wet room. You can then just add more components later.