23 Jul 2013
Winter is associated with cold weather, a drawn out shower and a longer soak in the bath.
One way to warm yourself up is to install heated towel rails, which can transform a bathroom from a purely functional room into a contemporary space where you can truly relax and recharge your batteries.
Liza Watermeyer, Retail Display Coordinator at Tile Africa, says imagine the pure delight of stepping out of a hot bath or shower on a cold winter’s day and being able to wrap yourself in a warm and cosy towel.
She says bathroom heating makes the bathroom a much more comfortable place to be, especially during winter and heated towel rails are a luxury, but not as costly as you may expect.
Save on your electricity bill
Heated towel rails are vastly cheaper than running underfloor heating or a heater.
Watermeyer says at 200 watts, it would be approximately 26c per hour to run heated towel rails (dependent on Eskom charges in various centres), which is ten times less than a 2 000 watt underfloor heater.
She explains that the running cost of a heated towel rail is a little more than running one or two lamps (between 100 and 200 watts). Towel rails that use Dry Element Technology (DET), which is a much simpler heating technology, are a more affordable option than many other similar products available.
Installation in an existing bathroom
Ideally a heated towel rail should be fitted when tiling so that all the wiring is just beneath the tiles.
However, when it comes to installing heated towel rails in an existing bathroom, Watermeyer says they advise homeowners to get a professional electrician to assist with the installation, because in many cases they can fit these without ripping out the tiles.
Heated towel rails have built-in thermostats so they can be left on the entire day, keeping towels warm and dry.
This also means that they will not overheat or burn, so there is no safety hazard or risk of fire . Heated towel rails are safe to use in a damp environment and have an earth as an extra precaution.
Advantages of heated towel rails
1. They offer gentle background heating and reduce the risk of damp and mould in the bathroom.
2. They dry a towel much quicker than the conventional way.
3. They’re trendy, available in a wide range of styles and will complement your bathroom.
4. They’re considered an investment and will impress future home buyers.
Homeowners can expect to pay R2399.99 for a natural five bar heated towel rail, however, as part of Tile Africa's 25th birthday promotion, they can buy one for R1799.99.
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