What is a towel warmer?
We hear talking a lot about it, but do we really know what is and how a towel warmer works?
Before going to install this type of radiator in our homes, it’s good to know all its advantages, but also its defects.
First of all, the towel warmer is part of the design radiator family and exists in two versions, hydronic and electric, the only difference is the heating mode water;
The first through the boiler, while the second through an electric resistance.
It is a radiant body formed by two collectors (external vertical tubes) that make up the skeleton of the radiator, from which the water first enters and then exits.
The collectors are then joined together, in the classic towel warmer, by horizontal tubes that thus make up the classic radiator shape.
Its name derives precisely from this form and therefore from the characteristic of being able to insert the towels between the tubes in order to be heated.
But why use the towel warmer?
Benefits and defects
When we talk about the towel radiator, we’re talking about a real design element to improve the furnishing of your home!
Playing with the geometries of the collectors and tubes, in fact there are many forms that the designers of this sector can create!
So the first advantage of this radiator model is the aesthetic value that can help to enrich our rooms with a touch of style.
Another advantage is obviously the possibility of drying our towels more quickly because they are put in direct contact with the radiant body.
The towel warmer uses less water than a classic plate radiator or a cast iron radiator, so it is considered a little more ecological and more economical in terms of consumption.
Its shapes are very different from each other and this can allow us to structure our radiator, adapting it perfectly to our rooms.
There are towel warmers of different sizes, from the smallest (we speak of towel warmers even of 70 cm x 50 cm) to larger ones that can even reach 2 meters in height.
The disadvantages of this type of radiator are not many, but they must be taken into consideration when we go to structure our room.
The first disadvantage is directly linked to one of its advantages, namely the possibility of drying our towels faster.
The problem is that covering part of the pipes and the radiant body, the energy, consumption and time required to bring the room to temperature will be bigger than a radiator free of “obstacles”.
It is from this need that radiator accessories and hangers have been developed, in this specific case to maintain the advantages by eliminating some disadvantages.
Another shortcoming is the poor heating power, linked to the positioning of the tubes which is reverse to the sense of convection.
To heat larger rooms, therefore it takes a greater dimension, going to lose the aesthetic value of which we have spoken before.
After a quick review of this radiator model, we can define it as the perfect radiator for an extra touch of design.
Its heating characteristics make it perfect especially for small rooms and concerning to a home’s economy, it is also a perfect choice for the bathroom.