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How To Heat A Bathroom And Towels

March 16, 2012 in Heated Towel Rails

For many people, whether they have central heating or not, heating their bathroom proves troublesome. This is particularly true in winter and in older houses, but it is something that needs considering all year round as this is a room that we are often naked while covered in water in and a room where we feel the cold more acutely.

One of the most common methods of heating bathrooms is heated towel rails. These are heaters that can either plug into an existing central heating circuit or be installed as standalone devices. Even if they are integrated into the existing heating for the house, they can usually be used by themselves without necessitating turning on the heating and incurring the costs that such an action is associated with.

They’re available in a whole range of styles, from ones that look like the traditional cast iron Victorian radiator in its chunky and imposing glory, to radiators that run vertically up the wall and look more like installation art that you would see in a modern tower block than a means of heating a home. They’re also available in the conventional chromed tube or rectangular design, but even these can be vertically or horizontally orientated on a wall according to your preference and space available. They can run flush against the wall or curve slightly into the larger room, according to how much floor and wall space you have available and whether you are looking at creating a more streamlined or curvilinear effect overall.

Heated towel rails come in a range of different capacities, which means that they can heat a smaller or larger room according to how they are rated and the more powerful they are the hotter they can get a room. If you’re heating a small en-suite you might only need a small rail that is just to hold a couple of towels. However, a family bathroom may need a much larger device capable of heating a greater area and storing several towels at once.

Heated towel rails do more than just heat the room or store towels. They can be used to air towels, to dry towels and clothes, or to heat towels and clothes as a welcome treat for bathers. They make a world of difference to your bathroom, and can change it from a cold and unwelcoming room where bathing is a necessary yet unenjoyable chore to a warm, welcoming and enjoyable room where you can relax and unwind.

Choose the right towel rail for your bathroom

October 19, 2011 in Heated Towel Rails

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, and having it heated adequately is vital, especially if you are planning to sell your home. There are vaarious heating options, and you may want to look at having a designer look or going with a traditional radiator.

Radiators come in different colors, depending on your existing decor and color scheme, and the most popular options are white, silver and black. In addition to the color, you can also choose between a traditional look and a modern and contemporary look. Both towel rails and radiators look good in chrome, although if you prefer the old-fashioned look, you can easily find this too.

Electric towel rails are a practical option for any homeowner unable to power a rail with their central heating system; these have a heating element that not only heats the bathroom, but keeps your towels warm at the same time. On the other hand, dual radiators are a good choice if you want to power your radiator with a heating element and central heating.

So-called cloakroom rails are a good option if you are short of space in your bathroom. These towel rails will easily fit into a small space, but at the same time give out a lot of heat and they are available in designs that either hang vertically or horizontally.

The amount of heat that you need will largely decide what type of rail will work best for you. Heated rails and radiators measure heat in units that are known as British thermal units (BTU) and a good strategy is to buy a rail or radiator that emits slightly more heat than you actually think you will need. This means that your bathroom will always be adequately heated, and the heat can always be turned down. A heated towel rail that is painted, generally gives out more heat than a chrome rail, although if you are in doubt your installer can help to calculate what will work best for you.

The next step after choosing the appropriate rail or radiator is to choose the correct radiator valves. Angled style valves are necessary if the piping in your bathroom is coming out of the wall; pipework coming out of the floor will need straight valves.

Regardless of the type of towel rails that you choose, it is a good idea to have them fitted and installed by a qualified builder or electrician. Once installed, you can enjoy the comfort and convenience of a heated bathroom.

Buying a Heated Towel Rail

December 1, 2010 in Heated Towel Rails

If you’re planning to renovate your bathroom, purchasing a heated towel rail to help keep your towels hot is an excellent idea. Not only can they keep all of your towels warm in the tough cold months of winter, it will also make sure that you don’t keep wet bath towels lying around your home! If you’re planning to purchase a heated towel rail for the house, this post is about to let you know the way you should go about it.

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