You jump out of the shower in the morning to look into the mirror, only the mirror is completely hazed over from steam. This could be your bathrooms way of telling you that you need more ventilation. A good bathroom venting system can clear a room’s air in around 5 minutes. If your current vent fan takes longer than 10 minutes to exchange the air in your bath it may be time to update your ventilation. Bath fans can cost anywhere from $80 to $500 depending on size, construction and features. Consider the size of your bathroom and how bad your venting problems are to determine the right bathroom fan for you.
Does Your Shower Take FOREVER to Heat up?
Not much is worse than trying to wash off in the shower only to realize the temperature of your water is quickly dropping. If your shower’s water takes what seems like forever to warm up or goes cold frequently this could be a sign that your water heater is being over worked. The average life span of a water heater is 8-12 years. If your home is a bit older and is still using its original heater it may be time to upgrade to a more energy efficient and reliable model. Prices to purchase and install a new water heater are around $900. A new water heater will not only help to heat up water more efficiently, give a better flow of warm water but may even save on energy cost.
It can be hard enough to pull yourself out of bed in the morning, walking into a cold bathroom doesn’t help. Updating or adding even a single heat source in your bath can really help to make the room more comfortable. Small “in-wall” heaters are around $100, but if you are undertaking a complete bathroom renovation you may want to consider radiant floor heating. This type of heating is more efficient and can keep your bathroom warm with less energy than a traditional baseboard heating source.
Is your water bill higher than you would like it to be? There are serval factors that can impact your home’s water consumption…your bathroom is a fantastic place to start. Anything from inefficient toilets to leaky fixtures can add to your water consumption. Installing water efficient fixtures and checking for leaks regularly can go a long way to a greener bathroom and lower energy cost. In fact newer faucets and shower heads can reduce a home’s water use by up to 35%.
No Place to Plug In
If you are having to curl your hair in the kitchen because you blow dryer, toothbrush and spouses electric razor are all plugged into the limited outlets your bathroom may be trying to tell you to it’s time to invest in more outlets. Older bathrooms tend to lack electrical outlet space. And with everything running on rechargeable batteries nowadays hiring an electritian to add a new outlet or two might be just what you need. If you’re comfortable with electrical work this can be a weekend project, however if you have reservations about doing your own electrical work, an electrician can be hired for around $300-$400 depending on amount of work at hand.