I am in the process of planning a refurbishment of our shower room and
am thinking about a heater. The shower room has no windows, so I
assume an extractor fan is obligatory (it already has one), hence I
don't particularly want a fan heater or hot water radiator (I see no
point in heating the air just to suck it out through the extractor
fan). And I've never been very happy with wall mounted downflow
electric heaters as despite the downflow, only the air near the
ceiling gets warm and the thermostat always cuts out long before the
whole room gets heated.
Many years ago, my parents had a radiant heater in their bathroom.
IIRC it consisted of a spiral heater element contained in a vitreous
silica tube. I quite fancy the idea and I've seen something for sale
in a local electric shop that I think is similar but the assistant
didn't know much about it. Are they still allowed in bathrooms, shower
rooms etc, given the changes in regulations over the years?
On the net I've also seen other radiant heaters that have
quartz-halogen lamps as the source of heat. See
Their description mentions garages,
warehouses and factories, but not bathrooms. Are they permitted, and
does anyone have any experience of them in such an application?
- posted 12 years ago