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 <span class="cutline_leadin">IN HOT WATER</span>: Bathtubs, like this Kohler version, with embedded heating elements can keep your bath water toasty without the bother of adding more hot water.
IN HOT WATER: Bathtubs, like this Kohler version, with embedded heating elements can keep your bath water toasty without the bother of adding more hot water.
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Q: We’re planning a major bathroom remodel since my husband and I decided to stay in our present home. I’m not looking for any bubble system or whirlpool type bath, I just want to stay warm. I enjoy long soaks and it would be nice if I didn’t have to constantly add hot water to my bath. Do they make simple bathtubs with built-in heating elements?

Karen, Illinois

A: You are in luck. Ever since heated car seats became a popular option, the “bottom” warming craze just seems to keep growing. Right now, there is a big hot bottom demand in the plumbing industry, and you can find heated toilet seats, heated bidet units and even heated bathtubs on the current plumbing market.

The good news is that many of these heated surface bath tubs are just basic acrylic-type baths with embedded heating elements. For the most part plumbing installation is standard, but your electrician does need to add an approved GFCI electrical outlet to power the unit. Once installed, many heated tubs can have different temperature settings to enhance your soaking experience.

Also, popular in the bathroom remodeling business right now is heated flooring. So, why not have some heated feet to go along with your heated seat!

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com.

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