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Electric Heated Towel Rails: A Practical Towel Warmer
Unlike traditional ones, electric towel rails work independently of the central heating system. As such, they have the distinct advantage of being able to work without having the central heating on: perfect for those summer months.
All of the ones we sell at Splashdirect are oil filled and, as they don’t have to be plumbed in, are easy-fit so are a very popular choice.
How Do They Work?
Electric heated towel rails have an in-built heating element which allows them to heat the cold water directly. Unlike standard heated towel rails, they heat the cold water directly, as and when you use them.
They are, therefore, a practical tool for drying towels during hot summer days when you wouldn’t necessarily want your central heating on. As you only turn them on as and when you need them, they are also very economical.
Fitting & Installation:
As they are electronic, you will have to ensure you have installed them in a safe location away from water sources.
To help determine where it's safe to install electrical items, bathrooms are divided into IP zones:
- Zone 0 is inside the bath or shower.
- Zone 1 is the area around the bath and to a height of 2.25m from the floor.
- Zone 2 is the area stretching 0.6m outside the perimeter of the bath and to a height of 2.25m from the floor.
- Zone 3 is the rest of the bathroom.
All electric towel rails must be installed within zone 3.
When dealing with electrical devices, and before carrying out any installation yourself, we’d always recommend contacting a certified electrician first.
Make Sure You Check the BTU:
You should never purchase any towel warmer before checking its heating output first. This is because the output you’ll need is entirely dependent on the size of your bathroom, number of windows and quality of insulation.
The output is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units) with a higher rating indicating that more heat will be emitted.
Deciding How Many BTUs You'll Need:
As with anything, don’t try and guess how many BTUs will be required to heat your bathroom. Instead, use one of the free heat output calculators which are readily available online.
Getting the Most Out of Your Towel Rail:
Before making a purchase, it is worth bearing in mind that a heated towel rail with more panels, tubes or columns will produce a higher output.