Find out how much a decorative radiator heats
Hidden Heat: Discover the Workings and Secrets of the Radiator and Towel Heater
In the quest for home comfort, towel warmers emerge as silent protagonists, bringing warmth and convenience to our homes, but especially to our bathrooms. In this article, we will explore how these devices work and reveal how much a radiator or towel warmer really heats.
The first fundamental distinction is between water- and electric-fired towel warmers. The water heater is connected to the boiler, while the electric heater operates independently. The maximum temperature of a water-operated decorative radiator can reach 80°C, but it is important to note that this value is closely linked to the boiler settings. An optimal setting is 70°C for water from the boiler, resulting in a decorative radiator operating at 60°C, taking into account heat losses along the system.
On the other hand, electric towel heaters can exceed this temperature, but it is advisable to maintain a temperature of 60°C or lower to ensure safe and efficient use.
Unlike other heating elements such as radiators and heaters, the performance of a towel warmer is determined by its heat exchange surface. Placing too many towels on it can impair convection, the essence of heat exchange between hot and cold air. The result could be a cold bathroom and higher energy consumption, almost like putting a rag on the fire.
A practical solution is the use of hangers, hooks and towel rails specially designed for heated towel rails. These accessories not only keep towels warm when you need them, but also avoid obstructing the heat exchange surface.
In conclusion, decorative radiators and towel warmers are more than just heating devices. Understanding how they work and adopting practical measures such as radiator hangers can make the difference between a comfortable environment and unnecessary energy consumption.