The holidays are a time of merriment and celebration, but they are also a time where the weather is less than desirable. A perfect solution to the cold winter weather is of course a nice warm bath, and with just a few tips, you can easily keep your bath nice and toasty without keeping your water running.
1. The Material – Stone Resin
The first and perhaps most integral part of keeping your bathtub warm is the material it’s made from. Bathtub materials stretch a wide spectrum differing in aesthetics, weight and pricing, but ultimately, the most important role they serve is heat retention. Some material such as fiberglass and acrylic have middling heat retention where others such as stone resin have excellent heat retention. Of course price is often reflected in this and the material with higher heat retention will always cost more, but ultimately, you get what you pay for and heat retention is among the top things you should consider when choosing material for your bathtub. The better heat retention your material has, the long your bath remains warm and the more enjoyable your experience will be.
Similar to your bathtub materials, the insulation in your bathtub is equally important. Insulation refers to the distance between the walls of your bathroom and your bathtub. A typical shower enclosure-that is three adjacent walls, will do an excellent job of trapping moisture and warmth for your bath, so for most people, your insulation is not really a high concern as your bathroom is already set up to trap heat. If you have a freestanding bathtub however, your insulation will be poor as your bathtub will be mostly exposed to the outside weather and therefore you need to rely on the material of your bathtub to retain heat or perhaps install your bathtub near a wall surround so that the surrounding heat and steam will be trapped better, extending the period of time before your water grows cold.
3. Preheating your bath with a higher temperature
Another solution to keeping your bathtub warm is preheating your bathtub with a much higher temperature than you are accustomed to. Since filling your bathtub will take several minutes, having your water at a higher temperature means that by the time your bath is ready, the water will have cooled off to your normal temperature, thus extending the time before your bath grows cold. Of course the rate at which your bath cools off with also depend largely on the material of your tub as well as the location of your bathtub.
4. Bubble Bath
In addition to being a very enjoyable pass time, a bubble bath actually helps keep your water temperature insulated due to the foam from the bubbles themselves. This means that with more bubbles in your bath your water temperature will remain warmer for longer periods of time provided you have enough bubble foam on the surface. The foam also helps to keep residue and deposits from reaching the bottom of the tub itself, making it cleaner in the long term.
5. Hot Stones
For a more therapeutic approach to warming your bath, there are hot stones. Hot stones are made of any number of volcanic rock, commonly basalt, which are then heated before being added to your bath. This provides your bath with a surge of warmth and can even aid in providing a more therapeutic soak similar to how a hot tub or jacuzzi functions. The added warmth of the hot stone helps your skin in addition to keeping your bath high, but be warned that high quality bath stones do tend to be a bit pricey.
6. Bath Covers
Very popular in Japan, bath covers provide a heat trap for one side of your bathtub while you soak. The result is less surface area for the heat to escape from, meaning that your water remains warmer for much longer without any additional elements such as hot stones or bubble foam. These bath covers are made in a variety of materials, most commonly wood, but there are some ivory variants as well for sale. Simply place them over your bathtub and immediately notice the difference in temperature levels.
7. Keeping the Bathroom Door Closed
A tip that everyone can easily follow, keeping the bathroom door closed is not only beneficial for your privacy, but helps to keep your bathroom from losing any heat that it has built up. Steam is actually a great heat dispersant, meaning that the more steam that is built up in your bathroom, the warmer the air will be. An open door can easily allow cold air in, so it is important to keep your door closed when taking a bath to ensure proper heat accumulation.
8. Space Heater
The final tip is one that should be used with caution as electrical appliances near the bathtub are not a good idea. If it can be kept from you at a safe distance, a portable space heater can also help to keep you warm during a nice relaxing soak. Just keep in mind that your heater should be kept at a safe distance away from any water to avoid any potential injury.
If you find that your baths tend to err on the cold side of things, consider the many options above to keep your baths nice and relaxing and above all, exercise caution in using electrical appliances near your bathtub.