I'm halfway through expanding the bathroom by demolishing the wall between it and the immersion heater cupboard, but have had second thoughts - the atmosphere would be damp and thus no good for drying clothes in an airing cupboard.
So should I reinstate the wall and have the immersion heater in a cupboard opening into the corridor not into the bathroom?
An airing cupboard is for keeping dry clothes dry, not a way to dry out
damp clothes. Our original airing cupboard was a cupboard as part of
the bathroom, with doors closed it kept any bathroom moisture out
reasonably well. Now our airing cupboard is accessed from the stair
landing, which is much more convenient.
The latest install had just two 'decks', I increased that to six slot
in decks, so they were quick and easy to remove for maintenance. Apart
from the shelving decks, the cupboard has the HW cylinder, pump and 3
port electronic valve, so it is always reasonably warm and dry in
Possibly. I have always assumed that the name 'airing' cupboard meant
to keep things aired, i.e. to keep things warm, dry, aired and ready to
use longer term. I suppose the whole concept could be out of date in an
era of modern, warm, centrally heated houses, but I couldn't imagine
living without an airing cupboard. Then again, I couldn't imagine
living without an outside line, either.
Ah, but what is and isn't an airing cupboard (or Hot Press as my wife
refers to it)?
We have a cupboard in the bathroom that once would have held the hot
water tank and probably the cold one above it. The cold tank has since
migrated to the loft and the hot tank, central heating valves, central
heating pump and shower pump have been moved to a custom built cupboard
in one of the bedrooms. We tend to use the latter to store sleeping
bags, spare blankets and other rarely used items, while the unheated one
in the bathroom is used for towels, sheets, duvet covers and the like.
Wrong way round really, but we can access the bathroom one, with the
light on, without waking the kids and can't do that for the hot, bedroom
Good to know there aren't condensation / damp problems with a cupboard in a
well used bathroom. So I can leave the walls where they are!
On Friday, October 5, 2018 at 9:21:56 PM UTC+1, Steve Walker wrote:
On 04/10/2018 15:23, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Often an airing cupboard is just the device used to neatly box in a hot
water tank and associated pipework. You don't have to use it for
"airing" clothes, towels etc. Just use the space for general storage.
Re: [ I don't find an airing cupboard to be any use. I'd want to do something useful with the space. NT]
That's something I hadn't thought of, I just assumed they were a good thing.
So its OK to have the immersion heater in a cupboard the bathroom?
(and use any heat loss to heat the bathroom)
I plan to surround the hot water tank with a few inches of kingspan insulation, and firefoam.
It heats from solar electricity, and the wood/coal rayburn.
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