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Wall Mounted Heated Rails

Heated towel rails have become an essential feature of a high quality bathroom whether connected to your central heating system, electrically warmed or both. Our wall mounted collection are made of high quality materials like stainless steel, brass and chrome plated steel. The Soakology range includes ladder warmers and designer options with traditional, contemporary and modern styles...

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Choosing a wall mounted towel warmer

When making the choice of heated towel rail there are a couple of key points to consider.

  • Most people begin with a style they like as a thoughtfully designed bathroom can be let down by an incompatible choice of style for example a square bar rail might conflict when the brassware and ceramics are all rounded.
  • Once a style is chosen the next most important consideration is the heat output of the product usually measured in watts or BTU's (British Thermal Units). There are some excellent heat calculators available online where a rooms measurements and features can be inputted to produce a unique result of the heat required to keep your bathroom warm. Most manufacturers will list their heat output when your water temperature is set to either 50 or 60 degrees centigrade - if you're not sure it may be best to check. Remember that if you plan to hang towels over the bars this will reduce the heat output and it may be best to go for a greater power than required to allow for this effect. You can always turn the radiator down if it's too hot!

Electric towel rail, dual fuel or central heated?

The three main methods of heating a towel rail often confuse people and there is a huge amount of choice with different designs of product also. There are a few simple points that will help you with your choice:

  1. Electric only towel rails - this category is broader than most people think as a majority of centrally heated models can be fluid filled and have an element inserted to make them electric only. As long as there is a straight section of tubing or boxing in line with the inlet holes allowing a straight element to be inserted without it getting caught on any bends then the rail can be made electric only. The fluid used is usually made up of a special mix of glycol based solution and water - this is filled to between 85 and 90% of the volume of the rail to allow for expansion and contraction that occurs when heating up and cooling down. If you don't have central heating pipes in your bathroom then this might be a sensible option for you.
  2. Central heating models - these are the most common type available and they can be plumbed into most standard closed heating systems. In the unusual event that you have an open system you will need to select a warmer of stainless steel or brass construction. While you're installing a new purchase why not add a thermostatic valve to save energy and maintain a more constant room temperature?
  3. Dual Fuel - the best of both worlds this option provides for use on your central heating system and an electric element for summer to enable you to dry your towels while the heating is turned off. The rail does not need to be fluid filled and sealed as in a closed heating system the water is always present and usually topped up with some kind of rust inhibitor. You will need at least one angled radiator valve on the side of the rail with the heated element inserted in it and if your heating pipes go into wall behind the rail then both of the valves will need to be angled

Ultimately here at Soakology we believe that we have something in this range to suit your needs but if you have any questions why not give us a call to discuss them!


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