Electric towel warmers for the bathroom: how to choose and how to connect them.
Electric towel warmers for the bathroom: the dry and wet types.
The heating season ends, and the pipes in our homes stop flowing with hot water. The radiator stops working and, in some homes, the towel warmers as well, which are needed by everyone all year round. Fortunately, they may be connected to a hot water pipe. And if not? What do you do in this case? You can settle, as most people do, but you can also replace the half-useless device with a universal analog that can work regardless of the presence of the heat carrier. They are called electric towel warmers for the bathroom, which will be discussed in this article. Together with the website http://www.NewBathroomStyle.com we will study different variations of this sanitary appliance, compare them and answer the question, “which one is best?”
- To date, there are two main types of electric heated towel warmers and if you don’t get into such details as the type of installation and form, then they can be divided into the dry and wet types. The dry heating towel warmer works by the means of a special cable (the one that is used in systems of floor heating) and the wet one through the heater that heats the fluid inside the pipe. In fact, wet electric towel warmers in the bathroom is a heating system in miniature version by itself, in which the coolant can be water, oil, antifreeze and any other more or less suitable liquid. Apart from the technical differences between these two units, there is a difference in its performance qualities. This difference is quite significant, and if you do not to pay attention it when deciding how to choose an electric towel warmer it may become a serious problem. The cost. Dry towel warmers are cheaper – they do not require hermetically closed circuit for the heat carrier.
- The output of the electric towel warmer is greater than its wet analog. If a dry unit consumes 100-150W, then wet one’s power consumption can be calculated in kilowatts. The first ones provide with relatively low heat, but the second ones are even able to heat the room – that’s why they are chosen by many. If we are talking exclusively about drying towels then, of course, it is better to give preference to cable heaters. If, in aside from drying towels, this device is also heating the room, then, of course, it is better to purchase a liquid heated towel warmer.
- Installation. Dry towel warmers, can be positioned wherever you like – even diagonally, if in fact there is a need for that. However, the wet devices have limitations – like the heating element must be at the bottom.
- The rate of heating. In this respect, the dry type towel warmer wins – it warms up faster, although not by much. In fact, this feature is not very important, and it is possible not to pay attention to it.
- The ability to adjust the temperature. In most cases, it is a priority for the liquid towel warmers – if you do not control their rate of heating, water or antifreeze can heat up to very high temperatures. That is why get equipped with a thermostat, which is an advantage – you will be able to control not only the room temperature, but also the energy consumption. In principle, that’s all. Basically, this is it. Now draw your own conclusions and decide which of these qualities are the most important for you. And so, we move on to other types of electric towel warmers for the bathroom.
Which electric towel warmer rail is better: coil or ladder
In most cases, the appearance of the heated towel warmer is dictated by the type of heater that’s used in it. For example, the liquid devices of this type are usually made in the form of a ladder – this design is best suited for the bottom of the heating element and circulating the heating system. As for the wired (dry) towel warmers, the form of the ladder is not very suitable for them – this is due to the need to pass through the inside of the pipe a one-piece cable without twists and connections. It is for this reason that the most appropriate form for cable towel warmer is coil, which is familiar to everyone.
Generally, if you deal with the advantages and disadvantages of ladders and coils in detail, it is possible to come up with a simple conclusion that the electric towel rails with thermostats in the form of a ladder are much better. And here’s why.
- The size of the ladder doesn’t matter. It is possible to increase it in both height and in width – the only thing that plays a role here is the heating rate. You can understand that the larger the size of the towel warmer, the greater the amount of laundry can be hung on it. Of course, there are some reasonable limits, but in most cases they are out of reach.
- The number of rods for hanging clothes is also unlimited. If the coil, due to certain technical features, can have a step of horizontally positioned elements, then the ladder has no limits in this respect.
- Moreover, a ladder-designed heated towel warmer allows you to successfully combine it with a coil that gives more opportunities in terms of design. The only drawback for the towel warmer in the form of a ladder is its cost and the inability to manufacture its rotating counterpart, what simultaneously can be seen as a positive thing. Rotating electric towel warmer takes up more space and breaks down faster everything else. The culprit there is the movable connection, which in itself has some element of unreliability.
How to self-assemble and connect an electric towel warmer.
As mentioned above, a water electric towel warmer is not cheap, but one of its advantages is that it is easy enough to assemble it yourself. There is nothing complicated here, and, in fact, you only have to equip an ordinary ladder towel warmer with a heater and some minor plumbing equipment. In order for it to be more understandable, let’s consider all the points to address the issue of assembling and connecting the electric towel rail with your hands.
- Acquire the necessary materials. This is the ladder towel warmer (size is at your discretion), the heating element with a thermostat (tell the seller that you need it for the towel warmers), two threaded plugs with a size of 0.5 inches (preferably chrome, in order not to spoil the appearance of the product) and the bleed screw (it’s usually mounted on the radiator to reset the air)
- Bought it? Now we install it – the order is not important. Put the towel warmer in front of you (position in to face you, in order for you to hang it on the wall). Tighten the heater at any threaded hole and screw the plug into any other lower hole. Done with that? Now, on top – in one of the holes we screw the plug again, and also another bleed screw. Virtually all modern plugs and bleed screws have the ability be to installed without a tow. In order not to repack the thread several times, it is better to purchase caps and the bleed screw with rubber seal rings. In addition, the tow will spoil the appearance. By the way, the thermostat should initially be equipped with a seal. You check double-check on this when buying it.
- Now we install the towel warmer on the wall and fill it with water, after unscrewing the upper plug or bleed screw. In fact, this can be done before installing the towel warmer on the wall.
- The most important point in all of this is the supply of electricity to the heated towel rail – in principle, everything is standard (socket and plug), but there are a couple of nuances that must be taken into consideration. Firstly, this towel warmer is quite powerful and you need to use the appropriate cable to power it – with a cross section of at least 2.5 squares. Secondly, it is grounding, which presence in your interest. And, thirdly, it is a separate circuit breaker, which must be equipped with branch electrical wiring responsible for the supply of the electric towel warmer.
- Basically, that’s all. The only thing else that can be added here is that in this way you can build the universal towel warmer which can operate on electricity, and from central heating network, when there will be a heating system. All that is needed is to connect it to the heating system – that is to say, to put it on the riser with threaded holes into which the plugs were installed. The connection needs to run through shut-off valves so you can control the device and switch it on or off through one or the other source of thermal energy. If there is hot water in the pipes, then we turn off the heating element and open the valves and the electric bathroom towel warmer runs off the heating system. If there is no water then we close the valves, fill it up with water and turn on the heating element.
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