Today, when you design the bathroom one of the important attributes is the heated towel rail. He has long ceased to be a luxury item, becoming an indispensable element of everyday comfort. Due to the different variations, it can be installed not only in the bathroom, but also in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the hallway, where it is necessary to create additional heat. Of the options offered by manufacturers, the stainless steel water heated towel rail is the most popular.
Why choose a stainless steel water towel?
Just a couple of decades ago, in the apartments one could meet water heated towel rails M-shaped and U-shaped from a monolithic pipe, which were part of the standpipe. Despite the unsightly appearance, such devices were constantly hot and did not disrupt the work of the entire DHW riser.
Today there is no question, what kind of water heated towel rail is better to choose in the apartment. Thanks to a wide range of products that differ in size, design, mounting method, design and cost, you can choose the most suitable option based on your own requirements and aesthetic preferences.
For the manufacture of heated towel rails can be used materials such as stainless or black steel, brass or copper. Products made of stainless steel, which has high anti-corrosion properties, are very popular. Due to this, this sanitary device is ideal for the centralized water supply system of multi-storey buildings, where there is a high content of aggressive substances in the water.
Important! In order not to buy a fake, you should pay close attention to the manufacturer, the availability of necessary documentation and the quality of welded joints.
The main advantages of water towel rails for bathrooms made of stainless steel are:
- durability of the product;
- reliable system of connection of the heated towel rail to the water supply system without the use of Teflon gaskets, where electrolytic corrosion can develop;
- material resistance to temperature fluctuations and pressure changes inside the system;
- a wide range of different color variations and design solutions.
Disadvantages of the device:
- long period of heating the element;
- with independent heating, the work of the heated towel rail depends on it;
- installation of the device is inexpedient without hot water supply.
The heat output of the device depends on the wall thickness of the heated towel rail and the temperature of the water in the hot water supply system. According to the norms, this indicator should be at least 40 W / m ?. If the room is equipped with poor ventilation and the device is filled with things, heat transfer will be reduced.
From the correct connection of the towel rail depends on its capacity. Namely, how will it affect the overall DHW system: will it create hydraulic resistance or excess pressure.
When choosing a heated towel rail, you should also pay attention to the allowable working temperature. If it is constantly high, more than 80 ° С, any paint with which the device is painted will gradually dim or turn yellow. This primarily concerns the water white towel rail, which is now the trend of the year, and gives a touch of sophistication and grandeur to the bathroom, decorated in a classic style. In this case, preference should be given to polished towel warmers or products in the color of gold or bronze.
Helpful advice! Among the many models, it is better to give preference to a towel dryer with a stopcock, which is located at the bottom of the product. With it, you can eliminate the airlock or regulate the pressure in the system.
The important point when choosing a heated towel rail made of stainless steel is the quality of the welds. All joints should be smooth, uniform, smooth, without cracks and pinholes. Depending on this, the service life of a plumbing product is determined, which, with well-welded joints, can be about 8 years.
All heated towel rails, regardless of size, shape and color of the device, are a multi-channel heat exchanger, which consists of metal pipes. Depending on the appearance, the plumbing device may be of a standard, modernized or elegant type. Such a conditional classification will help determine which water towel warmer is better.
The standard, or classical type includes M-shaped and U-shaped towel warmers and their various combinations. They are available with lateral connection. Such devices have little heat dissipation.
Water heated towel rail “ladder” also applies to this type. Today, it is very popular due to the fact that it provides the greatest heat transfer, has a convenient, compact and practical design that is suitable for rooms of any size. Due to the large number of sections, different in layout and shape of the tubes, it is possible to dry bath towels and small clothes in large quantities at the same time. The price of the product starts from 11 thousand rubles.
The modernized type includes standard water towel dryers with shelves, hangers, supports and other elements with which you can save working space and increase the functionality of devices.
Note! The models of heated towel rails with shelves are designed for additional pressure on the entire structure, therefore they keep the dried laundry for a long time.
The elegant type includes products of original configurations and unusual colors. Most often these are water towel rails in bronze, gold, copper or white products with angular or floor type of placement, with non-standard pipes, for example, square, supplemented with a hanger or shelf.
One of the first positions in the ranking of water towel rails is occupied by a rotary type of product. Here, due to the presence of a rotating mechanism, the whole structure or its individual elements can rotate 180 degrees relative to the wall. This type of device is very practical and convenient to operate. Depending on the size and design of the product, the price of a rotary type heated towel rail is about 7.5–12 thousand rubles.
An important detail when choosing a device is its size. Large water heated towel rails should be installed in a large bathroom. Its functionality is enough not only for drying clothes and towels, but also for heating the room. For small rooms, neat narrow water towel warmers are suitable, which can only cope with towel drying because of the small thermal capacity. Floor standing appliances can be used as towel racks in the kitchen or utility room.
There are two types of towel rails – water and electric, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Electric heated towel rails from the source of electricity. Their power is comparable to a conventional light bulb. Inside the device is a dry heater or mineral oil. Typically, towel warmers have a button to turn the appliance on and off so as not to plug the plug into the outlet each time.
By installing a powerful unit in the room, it is possible to ensure an adequate flow of heat. However, the efficiency of the device will be much higher if there are other sources of thermal energy in the room.
Electric heated towel rails should be installed during repairs without interfering with the water supply system. Another successful option is the additional presence of such a device that will work during the seasonal disconnection of hot water. Also, an electric towel warmer can be installed in any convenient place and carry it if necessary.
Water heated towel rails for heat use hot water. The plumbing fixture can be connected to a hot water supply at home or to an autonomous heating system. This is an effective method of saving energy. However, its installation should be foreseen when building a house or when carrying out major repairs in the room. This should be remembered before you decide what kind of heated towel rail – electric or water is better to choose for the room.
If the heated towel rail is connected to the central heating system, then during its shutdown the room will lose this source of comfort and heat. In the case of using a gas column for heating water, an electric heated towel rail should be selected.
When the heated towel rail is connected to an autonomous heating system, where there is a small internal pressure, you can choose any device you like among the proposed range of models. However, in case of its connection in the system of centralized hot water supply, one should not choose models of a foreign manufacturer, which manufacture these products with a wall thickness of 1-1.25 mm. Such a device is not able to withstand the internal pressure in the system at 5-9 atm for a long time, which will quickly disable it.
All towel warmers, depending on the requirements of the DHW system, can be provided with a bottom, side or diagonal connection method.
The most popular is a water towel with side connection. This is the most reliable and most suitable option for high-rise buildings. The device is attached directly to the riser, namely to its side exits. And, despite the complexity of installation, the appearance of such a connection is the most aesthetic.
The coolant is fed to the upper part of the device, and slightly cooled, is discharged from the bottom. With this connection option, you can choose a heated towel rail with both right and left inlets, depending on the location of the riser.
The products of the company “Trugor” are fully oriented towards the requirements of the modern consumer. Here you can choose as a classic model, and with the original, unique configuration and colors. The cost of heated towel rails “Truger” is in the range of 8-18 thousand rubles.
Today, among a wide range of towel warmers, you can choose a model of any configuration, size, shape and color, which not only complements the design of the bathroom, but also creates an additional source of heat and a functional place for drying things.