Stepping out of a steamy, hot shower and onto a cold bathroom floor isn’t comfortable, especially on cold mornings. Bathmats and rugs help, but you’ll have to step on the chilled tile floor eventually. On a cold day, the last thing you want to do is start shivering. Adding an extra heating source to your bathroom can help keep you from catching the sniffles and save on your energy bill. A ceramic bathroom heater safely adds extra warmth where you need it most.
Not all portable space heaters can be placed and used directly as a bathroom heater. Like all electrical appliances, unless it is specifically designed to be used in a bathroom, space heaters should be kept away from direct contact with water. Heaters that are not approved for bathroom use should not be used in the space. (This applies to any room that is damp – do not use space heaters in laundry rooms, bathrooms, near kitchen sinks, or in damp basements.) If you’re using a pedestal heater or a whole room heater in the adjoining room to the bathroom, make sure the appliance is far enough away from all sources of water and potential wet floors. As long as excessive moisture from the bathroom cannot reach the room, using a space heater in an adjoining bedroom or hallway and positioning it to face the bathroom door is acceptable. For example, positioning your tabletop heater on a dresser in the bedroom near the bathroom door keeps it away from sink overflows or wet puddles and provides a warming blast of heat when stepping out of the bathroom. No matter where the heater is placed, remember to unplug it when it is not in use. Allow heaters a bit of a buffer zone as well; make sure the heater isn’t near flammable materials, and out of reach of small children or pets. (Visit Are Space Heaters Safe for Pets? Pet-Friendly Home Heating Options for more info.)
There are portable space heaters that are made just for bathrooms, and are constructed to meet the safety standards required to operate in a damp space. This isn’t to say that you can douse your heater in water, but that it is manufactured with safety features that keep bathroom moisture in mind. The Ceramic Bathroom Heater and the Ceramic Bathroom Space Heater with Fan both come with an ALCI safety plug for bathroom use. ALCI stands for Appliance Leakage Current Interrupter, a safety feature often found in electronic appliances used in the bathroom, like hairdryers. These plugs are made to prevent electrical shocks by cutting off power to the appliance when detecting a fault or imbalance of current power. These plugs are recognizable by the “test” and “reset” buttons used to operate the appliance after it has been shut down. Ceramic bathroom heaters made by Lasko also include extra safety features, like a one-hour automatic shut-off, a self-regulating ceramic element that reduces wattage supply if the device becomes too hot, automatic overheat protection, and cool-touch exterior that prevents accidental burns.
The main benefit of a bathroom heater is clear: keeping warm when drying off from the shower and bath. But there are other benefits besides warm toes. Using a ceramic bathroom heater can save you money on your energy bill. Space heaters are made to quickly and efficiently warm up a small, enclosed space. Heating the whole home (empty rooms included) sends the utility bill skyrocketing. With a well-placed bathroom heater in the hall bathroom or a strategically placed tower heater in the adjoining master bedroom, there is no need to turn up the thermostat this season. You can even lower the thermostat when using a space heater; the small but powerful devices concentrate heat where you need it. A ceramic bathroom heater can be placed on the floor or on the bathroom countertop to direct heat toward the shower or tub. Larger bathrooms with high ceilings tend to be colder; heat rises and is trapped at the ceiling without proper ventilation and air circulation. Positioning a ceramic bathroom heater on the floor pushes away the cooler air and circulates warmer air in the area you occupy. Turning on the bathroom fan can help reduce moisture and spread heat further. Smaller bathrooms may not need to use the bathroom heater much at all; simply turning on the device 15 to 30 minutes before taking a shower will trap enough heat in the room that the space will stay comfy instead of stuffy. If the room does not have an outlet, counter, or floor space for a bathroom heater, the heater can still be used outside the room to push warm air in before bathing. Aim the heater at the floor tiles that you know will be chilly to step on prior to showering; this will warm up the floor by circulating cool air upwards. Follow the safety instructions on your bathroom heater and stay warm in your bathroom this winter.