Bathroom Heating – Too Hot To Handle
March 19, 2018

Perth has a mixture of the Californian and Mediterranean climates, with mild winters and hot dry summers. Perth is the sunniest capital in Australia with an average of eight hours of sunshine a day. This is the definition of the Perth climate and I used this as an intro to emphasise we are not the coldest place in the world. In saying this why not install something to help with those cold mornings on a mild winters day!. Below are the 4 most common types of bathroom heating you should consider before your next bathroom renovation.

Ceiling Heaters

Probably the most common heating we install in a bathroom is an all in one unit that combines the heater, lights and the exhaust fan. They are perfect for small bathrooms since they don’t take up any floor or wall space. Two types of overhead heaters are available. One that combines all three elements or one that is just a heat lamp. These style of items do often require multiple switches to operate so often the costing can be higher to install. My tip, if you are getting a 3 In 1, is to get on that has a LED light as other styles can often have a dull yellow light.




Against All Walls

Another option for bathroom heating is the wall-mounted heater, also known as a panel heater. These heaters can be installed against the wall, but a unit built into the wall will save space in the bathroom and look like an integral part of the bathroom rather than just an add-on heater. The second option though can be quite extensive work to get into the room. The downside of the style below is often just the look of them but work quite well.


It’s What Underneath That Counts

One form of bathroom heating that is becoming more and more popular is underfloor heating. Underfloor heating needs to be installed when the concrete slab is being poured so it is best for new homes or extensions. This type of heating can be installed after you remove your floor tiles when you’re renovating your bathroom. Undertile heating will warm your tiles, but will not warm the room that much. It’s the most expensive heating you can add to your bathroom renovation.


Heated Towel Rack

I love heated towel rails as they often function in two ways. They radiate gentle heat into the room and also heat and dry your towels. A warm towel may be all you need to motivate you to step out of that shower on a cold morning.


You will get two choices when it comes to this style 1. is to have it with a plug which is like above or hard-wired like below. Hardwiring is often more expensive so it’s important to take that into consideration. One last thing to consider with the heated towel rails is to install them away from the eye line of a shower head on a hose to no one accidentally sprays it.


One Size Does Not Fit All

It really depends on the size and shape of the bathroom when considering which type of bathroom heater to install. While there are many options which are ideal when space is at a premium, not all bathroom heaters are suitable for use in smaller spaces without causing inconvenience.

For larger bathrooms, consideration of how effective the heater will be across the space should be the focus of attention, while for smaller rooms the best place for the heater which takes up the least space may be the more important factor.

So What Heating Is Right For My Bathroom?

The type of bathroom heating that you choose will depend on the amount of heating that you need and the budget that you have. For example, if you’re on a tight budget, a heat lamp can be more than enough for a small bathroom as they are cheaper to install and not too expensive to run compared to underfloor heating. If you only need gentle heating however, a heated towel rail may be more than enough. It’s important to consider how much you are going to use it before making any decisions.

It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at

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