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Benefits of Heated Towel Rails

Wrap up in a warm towel! With a heated towel rail you can have a freshly aired, cosy towel ready to hand and within arm's reach when you want to step out of your bath or shower.
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Warm, Soft Towels Every Time

A heated towel rail is essentially a simple and practical device, ideally suited to the modern bathroom. Just as conventional household radiators are designed to heat the home efficiently and effectively, a heated towel rail's purpose is to provide comfort and homeliness within one room: the bathroom. Too often when we reach for a towel it unfolds like cardboard and feels like sandpaper when we dry ourselves off. Fabric softeners can only do so much to ensure softness and drying in cold or cool conditions can cause towels to "dry hard". As a good alternative to a tumble dryer, a heated towel rail will help to soften a towel during the drying process, diminishing its abrasive touch. After washing, skin is supple and soft and susceptible to chafing if care is not taken. A rough towel can damage skin, especially sensitive skin. A soft, freshly warmed towel however, can be like an extension of your hands and kind to your skin.

How Do They Work?

Imagine a central heating radiator. Well, a heated towel rail works in exactly the same way. It looks like a stylish clothes horse or dryer - they are usually free-standing, sometimes wall-mounted ladder racks of chrome or white painted bars - but it simply plugs into a mains socket. They can also be directly installed into and controlled from a hot water heating system. In some systems a heating element can be installed which connects to a hot water heating system enabling the rail to be run independently of the central heating system.

Versatile, Luxurious, Affordable!

Heated towel rails are also multi-functional. They not only double as a radiator to keep your bathroom nice and warm, they also act as a storage facility for your towels, freeing up space elsewhere in your home, and, as they are chrome finished, they have a fabulous stylish look which can only add to your bathroom's appearance and feel/atmosphere. It is possible to replace your existing bathroom centrally heated radiator with a heated towel rail. However, you will need to check the "pipe-centre" of your existing radiator. What is "pipe-centre"? This is the length between the inlet pipe which has a valve attached to it. This allows hot water to enter the radiator, it heats up and the heat disperses into the room. The pipe at the other end of the radiator allows cooled down water to return back into the heating system. Some heated towel rail's pipe centres differ from central heating radiators', so if you want to connect a heated towel rail to your central heating system check that that the pipe centres are equal.

Installation: If in Doubt, Consult an Expert!

If you want to incorporate a heated towel rail into your central heating system or are unsure about how to go about wall mounting please consult a qualified expert or tradesman.


Harry Young is Internet Marketing Project Manager for Tapsnbaths, the online specialists in quality affordable bathroom products. To see our full product range, including heated towel rails, bathroom suites, and shower trays visit TapsnBaths.

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