When should I select an
Electric Bathroom Ceiling Heater?
Electric ceiling heaters are designed for a bathrooms
with a flat horizontal ceiling that can be recessed into the
sheetrock, though if needed most ceiling have an optional
surface mounting frame. DO NOT
MOUNT THIS PRODUCT ON A WALL OR SLOPED CEILING.
Electric ceiling heater do not exhaust, they are fan
forced which means it's designed to pull the cold air in through
the heating element, and then shoot warm air out the other side
of the ceiling heater. Unlike bathroom exhaust fans which simply
throw the air outside. Make sure you have a way to install a
wall thermostat on an interior wall.
Can I mount a bathroom ceiling heater anywhere?
Most ceiling heaters are designed for 8' high flat
ceiling. Read your users manual for a more accurate number for
that model. Check with your local building codes before mounting
above a bath or shower.
Why do I need a thermostat for my bathroom?
Thermostats don't forget to shut the heater off in the
morning. If you use a on / off switch and forget to shut the
heater off the heater will run all day. A thermostat will keep
the room at a constant temperature; some people turn the knob
down day and turn it back up in the morning.
What will harm a bathroom ceiling heater?
Never block unit air vents. This obstruction could lead
to overheating, which could result in a fire. Do not insert or
allow foreign objects to enter any air vent as this may cause
electric shocks, fires, or damages to the unit.
Can I run a bathroom wall heater with a timer?
Yes. We have some electric bathroom wall heaters that
come with a built-in thermostat and timer. You set the
thermostat to your desired temperature and the timer is a
booster heater. Bathrooms are used for a short period of time so
many people choose to keep the room at 50˚ F to 60˚ F. Then
crank up the heat for the morning shower. After the timer is
done the heater will go back to the preset thermostat
Do you have any bathroom wall heaters for drying off people?
As of right now we don't have any wall heaters that work
like a large hand dryer for your body.
Why do most bathroom wall heaters only have built-in
We find that most wall heaters are put in after the
sheetrock is installed or it's a replacement heater. Wiring a
heater with a built-in thermostat is pretty simple - pull a
single power line to the heater and you're done. Wall
thermostats are great but installing one is much harder when the
walls are in. Electric wall heaters use line voltage
thermostats, so pulling a 120v or 240 volt wire from one side of
the room to the other is very difficult to impossible.
What's a bad location for a wall heater?
Do not put it behind a door, far away from an outside
wall. Wall heaters need to push the heat across the room, if the
hot air is block off the heater will go off on high limit. Place
the heater so it will warm the outside wall without any
obstruction. Do not place above a tub or inside a shower.
Can I paint my bathroom heater? Most wall heater powder
coat the heaters instead of painting them. In most cases the
warranty will be if VOID if any alternations are made to the
How many watts do I need?
A quick rule of thumb is 10 watts per square foot.
10'W x 15'L = 150 Ft2
150 Ft2 x 10 Watts = 1,500 watts
How can you tell what your
bathroom heater's voltage is?
If you're lucky the heater will still have its original factory
sticker. This will show you the manufacture the voltage the amps
and wattage. The voltage should always be rechecked will a
voltmeter this is a device for testing the voltage from the
breaker or fuse box.
When to Consider Electric
Electric baseboard heaters put out a silent soft heat; as long
as your thermostat is working correctly the bathroom should keep
at a constant comfortable level. If you're looking for a
bathroom heater with a quicker temperature rise try looking for
a fan forced bathroom heater.
Can I mount the baseboard
heater in front of my existing molding?
No, Liquid filled baseboard heaters are designed for
installation in new or existing construction.
In existing construction, baseboard molding should be removed
and the heaters mounted flush against the wall surface. When
replacing molding allow 1/16” (1 mm) clearance between molding
and ends of heaters.
What is the difference between
a hydronic unit and an electric towel warmer?
The hydronic heating system is when water is heated in a boiler
then it flows through piping going through every radiator in the
house - it also goes through the towel warmer in the bathroom.
The hydronic towel warmer has valves that let the water flow
through it. The flow of this hot water heats the towel warmer.
The electrical AMBA towel warmer is sealed closed with an oily
substance inside that is heated by a "heating element". In the
case of a hydronic version, during the summer, the heating
system would be switched off therefore the towel warmer cannot
dry the towels. Electric units are simpler to install, can be
installed anywhere and in the summer the towels will stay dry.
Are the units safe?
YES! The towel rails have no exposed elements with a safe
surface temperature (approximately 154ºF - 158º F Max). The
towel rails have a built in thermostat and internal thermal
cut-out for optimal energy consumption and safety. The rails
should be installed by an electrician according to the local
electrical code (which may be required to be GFCI) Most wiring
in bathrooms are already GFCI.
What is the purpose of a
The purpose of a 7 day 24 hour programmable timer is basically
to tell the unit when you want it to turn on and off. We
recommend programmable timers in places like vacation homes. If
you visit your lake house/ beach house etc., every weekend you
can set a programmable timer to come on Friday afternoon and
shut off when you leave Sunday.
How many wires do I need to
install wall heater?
120 volt electric heater: 1 Hot (Black) 1 Neutral (white)
and 1 ground (copper) wire.
240 volt electric heater: 2 Hot (Black) and 1 ground (copper)
When wiring a 240v clothes dryer or stove your need 3 Wires and
a ground. The 3rd wire is a 120 volt power supply for the motor
What do the wire colors mean?
120 volt has 1 black and 1 white wire connection
Your wire should match
Black to Black (Hot)
White to White (Neutral)
Copper to Green (Ground)
240 volt has either 2 black wires or 1 red and 1 black wire 1