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Heated towel rails

  • 23 November 2017

    You’ve just stepped out of the shower. You reach for a towel, only to find that it’s already wet.

    Not exactly how you imagined life in your dream home, is it?

    Most modern houses are fitted with electric towel rails to keep your towels dry.

    The main drawback with heated towel rails is the cost to run them. Electric heaters are notoriously expensive, especially when, like your towel rail, they’re left on 24 hours a day.

    Towel

    The good news is, you can install a heated towel rail that runs off your central heating system. Instead of an electric heater, the towel rail contains a hollow pipe that joins into your heating circuit.

    A thermostat is installed in the towel rail to maintain a constant temperature, and the whole thing behaves just like another radiator.

    But wait – what about during summer when your heating system is turned off? There won’t be any warm water getting to the towel rail to dry out your towels!

    We can fit the towel rail with an electric heating element. You can turn this on during winter to keep the towel rail functioning. So you still have an electric towel rail, but only for half the year. The rest of the time you get the cheaper operating costs from your central heating system.

    In some cases the heated towel rail will produce enough heat without the need for an additional radiator in the bathroom. However if your installer tells you this is the case, you should ask to see their heat load calculations.

    Usually the heat output of the towel rails is quite low, and extra heating is needed. So always measure twice and cut once – you don’t want to find yourself freezing when you jump out of the shower!