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Old 04-05-2011, 05:45 PM   #1
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thinking of installing Bathroom Heat lamp in basement


Hello everyone,
I am remodelling the bathroom in my basement and would like to get some opinions on an idea. This bathroom with shower currently does not have exhaust. There is no way to exhaust this bathroom without moving heating exhausted around. What do you all think about installed a heat lamp instead without exhaust. Will that help to reduce moisture or is it just going to create a pleasant warm environment while showering???

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Old 04-05-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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A heat lamp may make the room feel more comfortable while you are showering and drying off.

A heat lamp may make the air seem less humid because the warmer air will "pick up" moisture.

BUt when the air cools down again, the moisture will condense on surfaces again.

You need to exhaust the air to the outside in summer. Optionally you may circulate the moist air about the rest of the house in winter since at that time indoor air is much drier

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Thanks Allan but the only wall that possibly could be used to exhaust is concrete block and it would open up right under my deck outside.
Any other ideas? I bought the house with the bathroom and shower and it didn't have a fan for likely the same reason.
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Under the deck should be OK for venting to. Just punch a hole through the block and install a vent.

We have a heatlamp in our bathroom, near the shower. We put it in prior to having HVAC installed, and for a winter or two it was the only heat source in the bathroom. Not a good thing. Anyway, it doesn't do anything at all to help with moisture.

We use it all the time, because it's nice when you get out of the shower, but you definitely need an exhaust fan.
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