Bathroom Fan Heater: Safety Tips

An electric bathroom fan heater might be one of your most rewarding purchases this year, but if you are not careful, it could end up being the most ruinous shopping decision you have ever made. It is important to be very careful when using fans because water and electricity are two sworn enemies that can bring about your death in the heat of the moment. Read on to discover safety tips useful for owners of bathroom fans.

Wet floors are unavoidable when it comes to bathrooms. So ensure you do not cause any water spills whilst you are bathing as these innocent drops of water can complete a circuit and cause electrocution. This is primarily vital in instances where the heater is placed in a position where a short circuit can be caused. So gently place your heater far away from areas you suspect could be drenched in water spills and make sure there are no exposed electric cables.

Ensure the amperage of the fan heater you have is compatible with your bathroom’s electrical circuit. If the electrical circuit cannot handle the amount amperage of the fan a short circuit can occur, thus causing a violently disastrous explosion. To know the amperage the heater will pull from the circuit you should divide the total wattage of your heater by 100. In some instances, you could also consider buying an adaptor with a surge protector. This surge protector will immediately buffer any excess electrical current before such a current has disastrous effects.

All the outlets in your bathroom must have a ground fault circuit interrupter when carrying out the bathroom fan installation. This interrupter is responsible for disabling any electrical devices-in this case your fan-once they come into contact with water. However, it is possible to buy a plug-in fan heater or a heater, which comes with an in-built GFCI.