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Bring on the Heat

At the height of summer, everyone’s thoughts center on enjoying the sunshine and finding ways to stay cool.  Most of us are not thinking about our home heating options during these warm summer days.  For anyone planning a bathroom renovation, heating options may be at the forefront of your mind, as one of the list of decisions you need to make in preparation for your new bathroom.  So soak up the warm summer sun, and consider these ideas for keeping yourself warm once your new bathroom is completed next fall and winter.

A full bathroom renovation like the ones pictured in our design gallery is the perfect time to consider the best way to heat your bathroom, as you have a wide range of options from which to choose.  This is especially true if you want to install radiant underfloor heating, which requires tearing up your existing floor to install it.  This method of heating is more popular than ever, and is becoming more cost effective to install as well as being an efficient way to heat your bathroom.  So why not take advantage of your plan for a complete bathroom remodel to add this little bit of luxury to your home.

Underfloor heating conducts heat throughout the floor surface and affects the whole room evenly as the heat starts at your toes and works its way up.  There are two types of underfloor heating to choose from: electric radiant heat uses an electrical current and hydronic heating uses heated water.  While hydronic is a good option if you are heating a whole house, electric is the better choice for a bathroom, as it is more cost effective and less complex to install in a small space.

Radiant underfloor heating installed under a tile floor in our Newtown, PA showroom.

Radiant underfloor heating installed under a tile floor in our Newtown, PA showroom.

Underfloor heating can change the way you start your day by turning your bathroom into a cosy retreat on cold winter days.  In addition to improving your quality of life by providing a soothing environment in your bathroom, radiant heating can be an attractive feature for buyers if you plan to sell your home.  Underfloor heating is especially effective when combined with stone, concrete, ceramic, or porcelain tiles, as these surfaces are good thermal conductors, like the floor pictured to the right in our showroom.

The heating systems can also be connected to an electronic control including a thermostat, like the one shown below. 

Thermostat for radiant underfloor heating shown on display in our Newtown, PA showroom.

Thermostat for radiant underfloor heating shown on display in our Newtown, PA showroom.

This combination of heating, flooring and thermostat may even help improve your overall heating bill, as it is more efficient to run, you can set the thermostat to just heat the bathroom in the morning using the timer, and the tiles will retain the heat well.  Contact us to find out if this heating design is right for your bathroom, or visit our design gallery to see more bathroom design options.

What could be better than underfloor heating?  Add a heated towel bar or radiator style towel warmer to complement your underfloor heating and take your bathroom design to a whole new level.  They provide added warmth in your bathroom and give you cosy towels at the ready when you step out of the shower or bath.  Since radiator towel warmers come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, they can fit into any bathroom design, just like the examples shown here.  Visit our design gallery to see more designs like these bathroom ideas in Doylestown, PA and Yardley, PA.

Radiator style towel warmer in Doylestown, PA and in Yardley, PA bathroom designs.

Radiator style towel warmer in Doylestown, PA and in Yardley, PA bathroom designs.

Planning is crucial to a successful bathroom renovation, so talk to your design professional about the best heating options for your new bathroom and start planning today!