Towel Rails and Their Types: What is Better?
A lot of people who make repairs in the bathroom are concerned about which heated towel rail is better to choose. What is the difference between a water heated towel rail and an electric one? What are the benefits? What factors deserve your attention? We'll talk about this today. There are two types of towel rails: water and electric. Water heated towel rails are connected to pipes of heating or hot water supply. It can be either a district or central heating network. An electric heated towel rail with a dry heating element is plugged into an outlet and powered by the electricity. It does not need to be filled with coolant, as it works without water. The main difference between water and electric heated towel rails is not so much the method of operation as their power and productivity. Water heated towel rails are suitable for bathrooms where they will be used for heating, as such models produce a lot of heat and can both dry clothes and also heat the room. Electric models are more economical, but they don't have enough power to heat the room, while they will perfectly cope with drying clothes and towels. Another important factor is the quality of water (coolant) in the heating or water supply system. The service life of a water heated towel rail can reach decades if they are installed in the closed central heating system. That's why Mario gives a prolonged warranty for it. In addition you can independently regulate the temperature to maintain a comfortable microclimate in the central heating system. District heating networks have a more aggressive environment, therefore the service life of the heated towel rail decreases. Electric models do not depend on the quality of water. They work in any season when it is needed, as they are equipped with a timer-regulator for setting the temperature and heating time. Installation of water heated towel rails needs their connection to the pipes. So in this case, the help of a qualified plumber is necessary, which will ensure the proper installation. Accordingly, such a heated towel rail can also be placed only next to the pipe. An electric heated towel rail is very easy to install: it can be attached to the wall in any convenient place in the room where there is access to a power outlet. With the hidden connection option, you will need to connect the power cable with the help of an electrician. Both water and electric Mario models are sold with a complete set of everything needed for installation. Let's summarize what you should pay attention for when choosing the towel rail:
- - Decide what functions the heated towel rail will have. If it will be used for room heating, then water will do it better.
- - Is it possible to connect to heating or water supply systems? If not, then opt for an electric heated towel rail.
- - Do you need the towel rail to be on all the time? Electric models can be turned on and off as needed.
- - It is important to check the condition of the pipes and/or wiring in the apartment, so be sure to consult with a plumber and electrician before making a final decision.