3 in 1 Bathroom Heaters or Separate Units?

3 in IIn our current house we have got one of those 3 in 1 bathroom light/heater/extraction fan and I can’t say I am impressed. . . . It suffers from the Swiss Army Knife Syndrome…… doing lots of things, but none of them as well as a purpose designed tool.

It seems more sensible to me to have the fan directly above the shower and extract the steam at it’s source, rather than let it drift across the ceiling and then extract it.

As far as Lighting is concerned it’s easier to see yourself clearly in the mirror if the light is in the area between the mirror and you, rather than behind you. . . I think that ladies putting on make-up in the bathroom will agree!

For heating it doesn’t really bother me too much as I am a get in, do the business, get out person, but I don’t seem to get much heat from the heat lights. (One exception was in a bathroom with a low 2.1m ceiling)

A couple of low price alternatives are:

  1. Leave the door partially open overnight allows enough heat from the ducted heating to flow through to the bathroom in the morning.
  2. Switch the bathroom fan on a few minutes before your shower and it will pull the warm air into the bathroom.

If I really wanted heat in the bathroom I would prefer either:

  • A heated towel rail on a time switch. ( Warm towels…now that’s a luxury.)
  • Putting a heating duct into the bathroom.

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  1. Tammy

    I was not very impressed with the 3 in 1 either and appreciate the comparison to a Swiss army knife (none of those tools ever really get the job done.) I have always wanted a heated towel rack, the ultimate luxury.

  2. Alice

    really a great post and valuable info

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