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How to choose a heated towel rail?

It's no secret that the bathrooms have come up with to wash. So, in such rooms should be high humidity, and as a result, cold. To avoid this, people invented hanging pipes on the walls of bathrooms and letting them heat. And they called this invention just as a heated towel rail. They are different. Most people are used to imagining a heated towel rail as a huge "monster", painted in several layers of paint that is detached, which occupies half of the bathroom wall. But this unit is strong enough and reliable, and as a result, it is often thought about replacing it during repair. In this article we will try to consider the heated towel rails in more detail, so that the reader can understand which towel to choose for himself, because it is impossible to say which towel is better.

Modern towel warmers are:

  • waterways,
  • electric,
  • combined.

All these are heated towel rails for the bathroom, how to choose among them? Water heated towel rails are those through which water flows.Electrical - are connected to the power source, well, and the combined can do both. In this article we will reflect on how to choose the right water and electric heated towel rails.

Choosing a water heated towel rail

Through all the floors from the basement to the attic through all the bathrooms of each apartment are vertical pipes, called the riser. Through the riser in all the apartments comes hot water to heat the bathrooms. To the riser and connect the water towel.

Hot water running through the above structures contains a large amount of dissolved oxygen, which, in turn, strives to cause metal corrosion. Heated towel rails make of different materials:

  • stainless steel,
  • black steel with internal anti-corrosion coating,
  • non-ferrous metals (aluminum, brass, copper).

When comparing domestic and imported towel warmers, special attention should be paid to the material. The fact is that foreign-made towel dryers cannot be more affordable than domestic ones in terms of their pricing policy.Consequently, if you find a suspiciously inexpensive foreign unit, then, most likely, it will be made of thin-walled black steel. This material is designed for connection to the heating system, and not to the systems we are accustomed to, which simply let hot water through. In order not to be mistaken with the choice of material, we recommend to pay your attention to heated towel rails made of stainless steel. They have a rather attractive appearance and will last much longer than their competitors.

Shapes and sizes of towel rails

According to the forms most often heated towel rails M-shaped and U-shaped. Although on the shelves and a lot of different forms of "ladder". What shape and size your towel will be - you decide. The shape will not greatly affect the quality of this product. The next thing I want to consider is the size of the pipes, or rather their diameter. The diameter of the pipes of towel warmers is measured in inches (1 inch = 25 mm). The standard size of the riser to which heated towel rails are attached is one inch. Currently on sale most common options with diameters of 1 inch and ¾.There are other sizes, for example, half an inch. If you change the towel warmer yourself, you must first specify the diameter you need. If the service of replacing the beautiful details of the bathroom will provide a specialist, it will be enough to check with him the size.

Sold heated towel rails, chrome, or polished. Painted towel warmers can be presented in various colors, as a rule, at a price they will be inferior to polished. Now you know how to choose a water heated towel rail.

How to choose an electric towel warmer

In European countries more often use electric towel rails. They do not need to be connected to plumbing pipes. For their work is enough to connect to the power supply.

Electric heated towel rails have manual temperature adjustment. Thus, the owners of such devices can independently set a comfortable temperature, regardless of the availability and quality of water in the pipes of the dwelling. That is, in winter and in summer, and even in moments of switching off hot water, the owners of an electric towel dryer cancontrol the climate of the bathroom. As a rule, the heating temperature does not exceed 70 degrees Celsius.

The appearance of electric towel rails is very similar to water. But electrical counterparts may have a more complex form of pipe bending. Often there are turning structures. That is, the heated towel rail can be rotated in one and the other direction by 180 degrees (such towel warmers can also be found among waterways.) This is all, of course, healthy and convenient, but if children live in an apartment, do not forget about their passion for "swings."

As for power consumption, manufacturers claim that it is extremely low. But still, if you decide to change the water towel dryer to electric, then the bill for the use of electricity will increase.

Wiring for electric towel rails is both internal and external. With external wiring, heated towel rails are easier to connect, and with internal wiring, they will have to be wired in the wall to a specific place. Here you can determine for yourself what suits you best in a particular case.

Electric towel warmers are oil and cable.In oil heated towel rails, the work consists in heating the oil with a special mechanism called heating elements. It is always located at the bottom of the towel rail, respectively, such a unit can not be hung upside down. Well, cable electric towel warmers are distinguished by the presence of an insulated heating cable.


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