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Old 10-02-2009, 09:00 AM   #1
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This winter, my wife and I are going to try to go very green. I'm doing some ambitious insulation projects, and we're hoping to dial down our temps. The concession we've agreed to, is that we're going to try to find a solution to keep our bathroom balmy! (I've found that wearing a sweater and even stocking cap in the house is fine while reading a book, cooking, etc. But, once one wants to shave, bath, or sit upon the "throne", a cold house starts to suck.)

So, first thought was one of those ceiling installed heat lamps, which seem common in decent hotels. But, I'm wondering if others have ideas or more recent/innovative alternatives.

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:18 AM   #2
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You could add an electric in-wall heater that can warm up the room only when occupied. This will require a new dedicated circuit.

You could also think about radiant in-floor heat.

I find the radiant heat to be very directional. Unless you are directly under it you will feel very little heat.

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:27 AM   #3
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How big is the bathroom?
They have "towel warmers" of various wattages that you could use
Our 2nd floor bathroom will have a 600w towel heater as a heat source
The bathroom currently does not have any heat
Master bath will have radiant floor heat

Our 1st floor bath - also no heat - we have forced hot water
I installed tile & radiant floor heat
I bought the radiant floor heat cable instead of a matt
There are then different spacing to use depending upon the amount of heat you want
3" spacing - warms the floor - low heat, I went with the lowest spacing to provide heat
It does heat the bathroom up, key is making sure it covers the entire floor
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:58 AM   #4
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Does radiant floor heat work with wood floors?
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They do have radiant floor that can go below wood floors
Also can be placed up between the joists from below
Then insulated to heat the floor above
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