With winter fast approaching, many of us turn our thoughts to home and ways to maintain a warm and comfortable environment throughout this often unforgiving season. But, one room that tends to get overlooked or paid little attention to here is the bathroom.
Yet, as a heavy-traffic room for most of us, there’s nothing worse than a cold and uninviting bathroom during those winter months. But fear not, for The Bathroom Showroom shows you how to prepare your bathroom for winter.
With several simple but helpful suggestions, your bathroom can remain a cosy and warm space no matter how much the outside temperatures drop.
Your Winter Bathroom Checklist
- Is Your Bathroom Draught Proof?
First things first, a quick and easy job is draught proof checking. In the bathroom, the most important place you’ll want to be draught-proofing is your window space. Bathroom windows should be checked for worn silicone that is cracked because this can then be swiftly resealed. One way to discover if you've got cracks around the window is to shut the window firmly and feel around the space for any draughts. A simple silicone sealant will ensure a warmer and less draughty space, meaning you're not losing energy from here.
- Is Your Bathroom Ventilation good?
During the winter months, our bathroom has to work harder at keeping the room clear, as those temperatures drop both inside and out and condensation starts to appear. Unfortunately, as it gets colder outside, many of us are understandably reluctant to leave our bathroom windows open for a time to remove any excess moisture. Yet, because of this, the build up will start to form on all bathroom surfaces. For this reason, an extractor fan, like the Hib Inline Fan, is crucial in keeping your bathroom ventilated. Also, if you haven't been using your extractor fan as much over the summer, now is a good time to check if it needs cleaning and test it out.
- Is Your Water Draining Properly?
Though a seemingly small detail, if you notice your shower, bath, and basin taking longer than normal to drain water, you may have a blockage in your pipes. This can be extremely problematic over the winter months as when left to build, this surplus water can cause frozen pipes.
Worst case scenario, you could be left with burst pipes, which nobody wants to have to deal with over the festive period of all times! So, by acting fast here you can clear the blockage, by simply using a plunger and then adding an effective homemade solution. Water that is left to accumulate in the bathroom can also contribute to excessive levels of moisture in the air. So, any leaky bathroom taps should also be fixed when clearing blockages as this is one job that will alienate many problems.
- Have You Tested Your Bathroom Radiators?
If your bathroom relies on radiators for heating, then it's a good idea to test out your heating before you need to use them. This will ensure both them and your central heating system are working properly. This is especially important if you haven't been using your heating for some time now as you may discover potential issues that may need to be addressed before it gets too cold.
A good start is to bleed your radiators to release any trapped air in your system. An easy task to perform yourself, this ensures your entire radiator works efficiently, not just the bottom half, and thus prevents you from turning up your thermostat to accommodate it! Another way to keep bathroom radiators running cost-effectively and efficiently over winter is to consider topping up their inhibitor levels. This is also a quick and easy task that can prevent internal corrosion and keep your radiators clean and rust-free.
- Could You Eliminate Those Problematic Bath Mats?
While bath mats eliminate that horrible feeling of stepping onto a cold bathroom floor, they should always be used with caution, especially with children, the elderly, and those with mobility issues. With winter on the way, it’s a great time to consider a long-term solution, like bathroom underfloor heating.
Underfloor heating, like that of Prowarm, can be installed in a day and is an inexpensive heating solution to run long-term. Better still, this heating type can get you through winter in sheer comfort!
Adding an even instant warmth to the floor, Prowarm can noticeably reduce your energy bills, while ensuring a most comfortable bathroom space that everyone can enjoy safely.
- Is Your Bathroom Lighting Working and Adequate?
With little need for bathroom lighting over the lighter sunny months, many find that our bathroom bulbs go, and we don’t bother replacing them - only to get to winter and find ourselves in the dark! Also, some people discover that the lighting that has been useful for summer evenings no longer serves the best purpose over winter evenings.
Now is the best time to begin checking that your bathroom bulbs are in working order, perhaps purchasing a few energy-saving replacement ones to ensure a good supply over the winter months.
If your current bathroom lighting is insufficient for winter, consider replacing it with improved designs. Whether it’s colour-changing, remote-controlled ceiling lights like the Hib Rhythm or low-level bathroom plinths, like those from Pro-light, bathroom lighting can create warmth and cosiness, thus changing the mood as we begin to lose more natural daylight.
Prepare Your Bathroom for Winter to Help Get the Very Best From This Space
By getting your bathroom ready for winter before the cold season kicks in, you’ll ensure this space is a comfortable environment for all users while remaining energy-efficient when the temperature drops.
If you’re considering adding bathroom improvements for winter, book an appointment with The Bathroom Showroom. Experts in all things bathrooms, we can help turn your dream bathroom into a reality.