This integral attribute of the bathroom is designed to provide comfort, so the question of how to choose a towel for the bathroom, invariably arises during the repair or arrangement of the home. However, in order to achieve maximum comfort, when buying this device, it is necessary to take into account a number of its features, which are affected by the size of the room, the presence of hot water and several other factors. What are the functions of the towel heater, and what should I consider when choosing a device?
The towel must fit into the bathroom interior.
Due to the high constant humidity that the bathroom differs, under normal conditions the towel will dry long enough. The towel warmer significantly speeds up this process. In addition to performing its direct function, this device provides a certain level of microclimate in the room, that is, leaving the bath, you will not feel the discomfort from the cold.
Another important point: a properly selected towel warmer will help to avoid the formation of condensation on the mirror and other smooth surfaces, which are many in the bathroom - for example, cabinet doors, ceramic tiles on the wall, etc.
Connecting the heated towel rail.
A water appliance connected directly to a hot water supply network is considered a classic version of a heated towel rail. If the device does not differ in size and has standard pipe dimensions, the connection usually does not cause any special difficulties if you are at least familiar with the plumbing work and you have the appropriate tool. Disadvantages of the water appliance are obvious: in the absence of hot water, the towel can not be dried quickly.
The second option is an electric towel warmer: it's a stand-alone device whose performance does not depend on the presence of hot water in the system - just connect it to a standard outlet. Another plus is the ability to install anywhere in the bathroom, as it does not have a snap to the riser. Less is an increase in electricity costs.
There is also a third type of towel warmer - combined. On sale, such devices are still difficult to meet (existing models are expensive), but you can build such a device yourself. To do this, you need to buy a conventional water towel (type of construction - ladder), connect it to the hot water system through a self-mounted faucet, while the piping is used only on one side (2 inputs from the top). In the other 2 entrances, a Maevsky crane and a heating element with a heat regulator are mounted. If there is hot water, then it is enough to open the taps. If not - the cranes need to be closed and connected to a socket of a heater with a heat regulator.
Materials of manufacture
Today, manufacturers offer 3 versions of the material for the manufacture of these popular instruments: black steel, stainless steel and copper. Each of them has its minuses and pluses, with which it is worth investigating in more detail.
Black steel. The material refers to the budget, it is inexpensive, but it has many drawbacks. First of all, this is rapid corrosion, flaking of the chrome coating. Correctly choose the type of pipe when buying: if it is sutured, the service life of the product will, for sure, be short-lived.
The device from a seamless pipe at a cost commensurate with a more durable towel warmer.
An electric heated towel for connection requires only a working outlet.
Stainless steel. Stainless steel appliances have a longer service life than black metal products. The disadvantages include exposure to the so-called wandering currents, which are available in almost any multi-storey building. Their influence thins the walls of the device. The installation of the device from stainless steel is more difficult than the products made of ferrous metal, especially in terms of hermetic sealing (thread must be blunted, otherwise it will cut through the tow or other sealing material).
Copper. Products made of this material last longer than others. Such a plumbing device can be called ideal. However, there is a major disadvantage - high cost, which applies not only to the material itself, but also to the installation of the heated towel rail (soldering, chrome plating).
Variety of forms
Today, only 2 forms of a towel warmer are used: a serpentine and a ladder. The second option is most convenient: on the ladder you can dry the towel or linen more quickly, since it will be located along the entire length, and the amount of linen to be placed here is much larger than on the coil.
However, more often the owners of the living space prefer the serpentine, since it costs less and installation costs less (no need to redesign the riser). Sometimes on sale there is a hybrid - a serpentine plus a ladder. However, if you understand, it is the same ladder, which has curved crossbeams.