Heated Towel Rail
It must be said that a heated towel rail is a lot more attractive to look at than a traditional pressed steel radiator but choosing the right model needs some consideration.
All radiators have different heat outputs depending on the size and design. Make sure that you are replacing a radiator with a heated towel rail of similar output, otherwise you might notice a drop in temperature in the bathroom. Heat outputs are normally given either in BTU or watts. They are available in a range of different styles, with a choice of sizes, although it is possible to have them made to measure.
There are many different designs and styles of heated towel rail but the most the most popular are the ladder type, which are usually available in a white or chrome finish and come either straight or with curved rails.
Most heated towel rails are designed to be plumbed in to your central heating system in the same way as a radiator, but there are also models available that offer two other installation options.
1) Electric Only - with this option the towel rail is not connected to your heating system, and is heated by electricity alone. The towel rail is factory fitted with a heating element and usually filled with special oil ready for connection to your electricity supply.
2) Dual Fuel Option - the towel rail can be installed with an electrical heating element that fits inside one of the vertical rails. The radiator valves are turned off which enables the radiator to be isolated from the heating system and then warmed using the electric element.
These two options are very useful in summer months when your heating may be off - you can your bathroom towels dry without having to heat the whole house by turning all of your radiators on.