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kickspace heaters

DD_2 Member Posts: 6
As part of a bathroom remodeling, I was planning to do what everyone else does to get a heating boost in the winter (e.g. when getting out of the shower): heater in exhaust fan. Then it was pointed out to me that this made no sense (you're just exhausting the hot air).

An alternative is an in-wall fan-assisted electric heater. However I'm having problems finding a good spot and I know electric heat is the least efficient form. And frankly I'm leery after stories of melting heaters and product recalls (Cadet comes to mind).

Then someone suggested a kickspace heater, fits underneath the vanity. Some are electric, but some run hot water over a fan. I'm intrigued by the idea. I wonder if there is much experience out there with these things, if people think they're a good idea? Any particular brands you would recommend? My primary criteria are efficiency, reliability and quietness. I plan to have a very quiet Panasonic exhaust fan (1.0 sones) and would rather not put a hair dryer motor underneath the vanity.

Thanks for any help.


  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928
    Infrared Bulb

    INSTANT radiant heat. Bulbs are expensive but have been "stock" for decades and will probably continue for many more...

    Simple and easy. I have one in every bath in my home and they work! If one, install in ceiling; if multiple first in ceiling then in opposing walls.

    Make CERTAIN you install on a timer switch--the mechanical rotary timers are still fine...

  • DD_2
    DD_2 Member Posts: 6

    My understanding is that part of the advantage of a fan-assisted heater is that it heats the air and thus reduces condensation. The walls of the bathroom right now are moldy and the floor rotted out (for different reasons), so I take condensation issues seriously. Still thanks for the suggestion, I know that's the route that hotels take.
  • DaveGateway
    DaveGateway Member Posts: 568
    Heating the air

    doesn't remove moisture, venting does. If the humidity is the issue, you should wire the exhaust fan to run on a timer, not just on the light switch. You need to keep pulling moist air out of the bathroom for 20 to 30 minutes after you're gone to take care of that much moisture.
  • Taylor_2
    Taylor_2 Member Posts: 1
    taking your suggestion

    250W vs 1500W...looks like a no-brainer....thanks for the suggestion, should have given this more serious consideration earlier....when a wethead recommends an electric heater, listen....
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