In Ireland, winters can be pretty cold; the temperatures drop, and the days get shorter and gloomy. So, with the coldest months ahead of us, it’s time to talk about one of the most annoying experiences — leaving our warm bed and going to the cold bathroom.
That may seem like a minor inconvenience, but when it’s very cold, it can become very frustrating. The cold, hard surfaces make every bathroom functional; however, that isn’t the first thing that we’d want to experience every morning after getting out of bed.
Also, a relaxing hot shower can help us wake up and start the day fresh, but if our bathroom isn’t properly equipped for the cold weather, we will feel the effects right away. In fact, winter can become a true nightmare if our bathroom needs updating. Cold floors can make us uncomfortable in the morning, and a shower that takes forever to heat could constantly annoy us.
Luckily, there are some things that you can do to prepare your bathroom for the cold months ahead.
Replacing the Shower Head
If you are looking for a hotter shower experience, you should consider replacing our old, small, all clogged-up shower head with a new, more functional one.
With an all-encompassing shower head, you’ll be able to warm up much faster than before. Oversized shower heads can be top-mounted to the ceiling or suspended from a wall-mounted arm, which is particularly handy.
The choices are multiple; you can select a rain shower head with a single spray pattern or a whole system which comes with numerous jets and spray options. Modern shower heads provide multiple benefits. Apart from being eco-friendly (a typical rain shower head uses far less water than a regular one does), a modern shower head will keep our bathroom warm during cold winter months.
Traditional shower heads use between 20 and 30 litres of water per minute, which is really a lot. On the other hand, new, energy-efficient models use as little as eight litres per minute, allowing you to shower longer and thus build up more steam and warm up the whole bathroom.
Also, since the shower uses less water, it will take less time to heat. That means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time standing on the cold floor, waiting for the shower to warm up.
Installing Heated Towel Rails
By installing heated towel rails in your bathroom, not only will you warm up your towels, but you will also add some luxury to the room. Moreover, wrapping up in a warm, fluffy towel after a hot shower is an extraordinary feeling. Also, having heated towel rails means having extra space in your bathroom, which is always a nice bonus.
Heated towel rails come in various styles, allowing you to find a perfect solution for your bathroom, both design and practicality-wise. Typical styles include swivels, traditional ladders, mobile towel rails, individual ones, and freestanding ones.
Heated rails also work as energy-efficient room heaters. Plus, if you have a small bathroom, you will quickly notice the warmth produced by a heated rail.
Installing Underfloor Heating
When it comes to warming up your bathroom, installing underfloor heating is a luxurious option; moreover, it is a very effective one as well. This type of heating ensures that your room stays warm at all times.
If cold bathroom floors are your main concern, underfloor heating is a smart choice. And since heat rises, underfloor heating is one of the most efficient solutions to warm up your home, which makes it a great long-term investment.
At first, the cost of installing this type of heating system might seem a bit steep. However, in the long-term, savings can be high, which makes underfloor heating a sound bathroom investment. By having heated mats or cables installed underneath your bathroom floor, you will get a gently and efficiently warmed-up bathroom.
Inspecting the Walls Around Your Bathtub and Shower
If you haven’t remodelled your bathroom in years, it’s time to inspect the room. If there are chips, cracks, and missing tiles on the walls surrounding your tub and shower, chances are that cold air will be coming in throughout the winter.
By having your shower walls surrounds replaced, you can end up with a much warmer bathroom for the winter season.
Plus, you should consider adding warm colours; not only will that make your bathroom look good, but it will also create a feeling of warmth. Soft yellows or warm autumnal shades are the best options. In fact, warm colours can help your bathroom look and feel warmer, thus making your bathroom experience more pleasant.
If your bathroom is giving you the chills, and you are looking for ways to warm it up for the winter, it’s time to hire some professional help. Our expert team will gladly inspect the area and offer advice on the bathroom renovation process. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.