Electric floor heat or radiant towel warmers

GreenDog194March 28, 2012

We are debating whether it would be better to put in electric coils below the tile in our ground floor bathroom, or heat the room with a heated towel rack tied to our boiler and radiant heat system.

There are two bathrooms on the lower level. The bathrooms down there are not that big, nice but not over the top fancy. They would get used daily. They have no windows. Towels seem to get musty down there now. There are Runtal panel radiators in the other rooms. No other heat source in the bathrooms.

The concern I have about the electric mat under the tiles is how do they get that down without creating more height. Do the contractors need to chip down the concrete? I hate tripping into the bathroom over a threshold.

I have not fully investigated the radiant heat towel racks. Some of the Runtal ones seem quite pricey. But perhaps it is about the same as the materials and install for the warm electric mat coil system.

I would love to learn from your experiences and recommendations!

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The cheapest and easiest solution to warm your bathroom would be to add the heated towel rack and a warming light/vent like the one from panasonic.

I would be weary of any contractor that would try and lower your original concrete slab. Once you remove your tile and smooth down the leftover thin set, you glue or tape down the heated flooring mats/wires then cover them with SLC or mortar and let it dry. Then you install your tile or membrane as normal. The added height will be about 1/8". Are you redoing the tile outside the bathroom? Is the same type of tile?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 6:51PM
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I have both in my master bath. The towel heater is actually a hydronic radiator. I think both are needed-- and in addition, an overhead fan/heat lamp.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 8:55PM
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