If you’re like most homeowners, you likely take a shower or bath every day. After getting clean, one of the next steps is to dry off with a towel. If you don’t have a heated towel rail in your bathroom, though, you might find yourself shivering while drying off. So, how do heated towel rails work? Let’s take a closer look.
What are heated towel rails and what do they do?
Let’s start by clearing up a common misconception. You don’t actually “dry” yourself with a towel after showering or bathing, but instead, use the towel to remove moisture from your skin. Towels are made of material that pulls water from your skin and hair as you dry off.
A heated towel rail is a device that makes it easier for you to get completely dry without getting chilled during or after a shower or bath. These rails warm the towels, making them feel more refreshing on your skin. Once installed in a bathroom, they heat all of the towels hanging from them to an average temperature of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit (about 38 degrees Celsius).
Having one of these rails nearby ensures that you won’t have to struggle with a cold towel on a chilly morning. Unlike electric dryers, they don’t make your towels hot enough to burn you, but the warmth is more than enough to make towels feel comforting and inviting.
How do they work and what are the benefits of using them in your home or office bathroom space?
Heated towel rails are simple to operate. Each one has a built-in thermostat that regulates the temperature at which the towels heat up. When you get out of the shower or bath, turn off your bathroom’s light and shut the door, essentially creating an environment where moisture doesn’t escape into other parts of the house. This allows your heated towel rail to work faster because there is no damp air interfering with its operation.
Once it gets hot enough in there, though, hang up your towels and let them absorb all of the warmth around them so they can dry you effectively when you use them. At this point, turn on your light and open the door if necessary in order to let some steam out of the room.
Any other benefits?
In addition to being a great way to help you dry off quickly and effectively, heated towel rails have been shown to reduce the spread of germs in a bathroom. In an area where moisture is abundant, bacteria can grow faster than it would elsewhere in your home or office. The moist environment around a hot, steamy shower or bath makes it easy for harmful microorganisms to thrive. When you feel cozy and refreshed after using your heated towel rail, though, you’ll be more inclined to keep that room clean because you’ll want to maintain the fresh feeling all day long. That keeps bathrooms healthier for everyone in the family.
What type of heating system is used in a heated towel rail – radiant or convectional heat?
Radiant heat is the type used in a heated towel rail. That’s how they’re able to warm your towels without giving you another thing to dry off with while leaving the bathroom. When you install one of these rails, it will include heating elements that do all of the work for you. The whole process takes about ten minutes to complete, which isn’t much longer than it would take for water to drip from one end of a towel to the other. Then, you can enjoy your cozy new accessory any time you need it throughout the coldest months of winter.
Any safety precautions I should know about?
Keep young children away from automatic towels when they’re turned on because they could get burned if their skin touches them. Also, make sure your rail is installed correctly using the included safety measures to avoid any malfunctions.
Once you have your heated towel rails set up, don’t let them remain on all of the time if they aren’t in use because that will shorten their lifespans by wearing away some of the internal components. It’s best to turn them off when not drying off after a shower or bath and simply heat them up for about 20 minutes before it’s time to get out of the tub or shower again.
Does it matter what kind of towels I use?
It does not matter what type of towels you use on your heated towel rail so long as they are thick enough for you to dry yourself with adequately. For example, thin, cheap towels aren’t going to be able to absorb moisture from your body very well.
What about specific measurements? How big of a rail do I need for my bathroom space?
A single towel rail is usually fine for smaller bathrooms because it won’t take up too much room. If you have lots of floor space to spare that’s wasted by long curtains or if you’re looking for an artistic addition to your modern décor, though, two rails are ideal. Even better are three rails in the same room, which give you the opportunity to set out more than one while you shower or bathe so that they can warm your towels more quickly when they get wet during use.
How much does it cost to install a heated towel rail?
The costs of installing a heated towel rail on your own will depend on where you buy it and how long it takes for the first time around. For reference, though, these towels can range from $20 to $150 and installation shouldn’t take longer than about an hour to complete.
Any additional information I should know about this product?
Heated towel rails are very affordable and efficient at what they do, but if you don’t like the look of them or find them too bulky for your liking you can always go with heated bathrobes instead. They work exactly like electric towels but come in clothing form instead of hanging fixture form so that they’re more appropriate for home use rather than professional or commercial bathroom settings.
Are there any health risks associated with using a heated towel rail?
There are no health risks associated with using heated towel rails as long as you follow manufacturer instructions and don’t touch them while they’re turned on. The only precautions you need to worry about are the usual ones relating to smart showering practices, like making sure you fully dry off before leaving the bathroom at all times of the year.