I am planning to add an small electric baseboard heater to a bathroom.
What are the electrical code rules as far as locating the heater and wall
mounted thermostat? The ideal location would have the heater no
closer than 1 foot from the bathtub. The thermostat would be on the wall
along side the vanity sink. The baseboard heater is from a company called
Hydro-Sil in NC. It is a sealed hydronic design which limits the temperature
exposed surfaces. They claim that their products are sealed enough to be
"Marine rated". The thermostat design is "slighty" open to allow for air
Any issues with the proximity to the sink? GFCI? (Tough to find 220V GFCI
I would install it enough off the floor to not have to worry about
water on the floor touching it. Have you calculated the number of BTU
that you need? Many heaters will run off of 120V at 1/2 the BTU output
if you wanted to GFCI protect the unit more cheaply. I have several
electric heaters in my bathrooms and none are GFCI protected which is
of course the cheapest option of all.
Hope this helps,
I sure would not install a electric heater one foot from a tub, even with
gfci protection. Seems like an accident waiting to happen.
Best call the local authorities and see if they have issues with your
If your bathtub is not a spa, your heater and thermostat, regardless of
voltage are within NEC requirements, however if the manufacturer has
specific installation instructions or requirements like GFCI protection, you
must follow them
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