Once considered a luxury item, heated towel rails or radiators are now very popular and affordable. They add convenience and style to any bathroom, and they’re easy to install. But what do you need to think about before you replace your old radiator with a shiny new heated towel rail? Here are six things to consider.
1. How Will Your Towel Rail Be Heated?
Towel rails are either connected to the central heating system or they use a heating element. If it is connected to the central heating system, it will only work when the central heating is on – so if you want to use it you have to turn on the whole system, which may not be ideal if you want to use the radiator in the summer.
2. How Big Should Your Towel Rail Be?
Towel rails come in a range of different sizes, so you need to think about which size you need. One of the things that may dictate this is the size of your bathroom. Is it a small en-suite or a large family bathroom? What is the size of the space you want to put it in, and how will it impact the objects or furniture around it? You may also want to consider how many towels you’d like to fit on it at one time, and how many people will be using the bathroom.
3. How Much Heat Output Do You Need?
The BTU (or British Thermal Unit) output of your heated towel rail is another important consideration – the higher this number, the more powerful the towel rail will be. The power you need will depend on the size of your bathroom and whether you want to heat up one or two small towels at a time, or lots of thick towels – as you probably want the radiator to heat up the room, as well as the towels you put on it.
4. Where Will Your Towel Rail Be Placed?
Ideally, you should put your heated towel rail on the coldest wall of your bathroom – this is likely to be the outside wall where the window is, if you have one. This is the most heat-efficient place to put it so that you get the most benefit from the towel rail.
5. What Colour and Style Should Your Towel Rail Be?
Towel rails tend to be white painted or chrome plated, so the style you go for depends on the look of the rest of your room and your own personal preference. However, there is practicality to think about, too – chrome is a very good insulator, so painted towel rails are a little more efficient.
When you think of what towel radiators look like, the common chrome plated style with numerous rungs may spring to mind, but that isn’t the only style on the market, and you can get towel rails that fit in with both contemporary and traditional style bathrooms. For example, you can buy heated towel rails that look similar to old style radiators, which may fit in with the rest of your suite if they are a more classic style.
6. Will It Be Floor Standing or Wall Mounted?
While many heated towel radiators are wall mounted, it may be that your wall can’t take the load – in which case you might opt for a floor standing towel radiator. However, this takes up more floor space so if you don’t have it to spare you may need to think again. If you’re wall mounting, make sure the fixings you use are appropriate for the wall and your radiator – check with a professional if you’re not sure.
At M Wilson Plumbing we’re happy to give advice on the best heating solution for your bathroom, and we’re Gas Safe registered so we can do all the hard work for you! If you’d like to find out more, get in touch using the form on the right or call 07983 138153.