How to install an electric towel warmer for the bathroom
- 23 Jul 14:30
- Sanitary Engineering
Towel Towel has become so commonplace in the interior that its absence in a flat immediately hits an outsider. Moreover, the surprised guest, maybe, will not say aloud, but will think that it's bad to have this device in the bathroom, as thetowel warmer became the same attribute of modern life as a TV set, a gas cooker in the kitchen, home appliances. Of course, the need to install a heat exchanger in the bathroom is dictated not by considerations of compliance with the rules of good tone, but purely practical calculations. These heating devices, including electric bath towels, create a comfortable temperature in the room, help to combat the high humidity in the room and, finally, fulfill their main function - dry towels, linen and socks.
Electric towel dryers JSC "Towel Dispensers" Russia.
Electric towel dryers of Sunezhka company. Russia SPb
Electric towel dryers: the advantages and disadvantages of
Almost all bathrooms in Russian apartments until recently were equipped only with water towel dryers, and many of them, painted with green or yellow oil paint, had a rather unattractive appearance, but today there is a growing competition between these elements of the Soviet communalfarms and more modern appliances with a pleasant appearance make designs that work from the grid. It is not necessary to close our eyes to the disadvantages of these heating systems, the main of which is the risk of electric shock during operation, but the weight of the advantages of electric towel dryers clearly outweighs the first factor.
To make the electric appliance safe, you just need to clearly follow all the recommendations for its installation.
And this is not too complicated.
But the benefits of using the bathroom running on the electrical grill of the heater should be listed. The most important of them is the ability to operate the appliance at a time when the hot water pipelines are turned off. Another argument in favor of electric towel dryers is to regulate the temperature of the heat exchanger( this quality has electric towel dryers with a thermoregulator).One can not forget about the relative simplicity of the installation of electrical constructions compared with the equipment in the bath water ruster. True, there are combined towel dryers( and there are plenty of these photos on the Internet), the installation of which will require a home master of skills and plumbing, electricity, but these devices with a universal connection, first, significantly more expensive than electric towels, and secondly, withtheir installation mainly uses the services of professional teams.
Returning to a less sophisticated but less practical device with a thermostat, it's not superfluous to recall one more of their advantages - the extraordinary variety of forms of heat exchangers that can undoubtedly give each bathroom a unique look. To choose the most suitable towel dryer with a thermostat for your own bathroom is easy today with a photo from the catalogs of specialized stores, and to make the right choice for the bathroom device will help the customer's feedback.
Types of electric coils
Judging by the available online photos, modern manufacturers produce electric towel dryers of the most varied taste. Some completely repeat the design of water heaters, other towel dryers resemble a Swedish wall, others are simply installed on the floor, and the heating elements of the fourth, already fixed on the wall, are easy to come back. In the same photo it is seen that electric coils are equipped with a thermostat or a cord for connection to a socket, or a cable for connection to a distribution box.
With all the variety of external shapes, electric towel dryers are represented by two types - cable devices, in which the heating element is heated conductor, and heaters whose bodies are filled with liquid coolant. Their external differences are clearly seen in the photo: cable gunboats are thinner and can have a flat shape, and electrical appliances filled with oil or other fluid are more like analogues.
Cable towel dryers are warmer faster, but after disconnecting from the network quickly cool down. The fluid needs time to reach the required temperature, but they keep it much more efficient. The buyer, preferring one or another type of appliances with a thermostat for the bathroom, acquires a heat exchanger, best suited for his needs. And often enough to understand that the customer is really necessary for the store, help not only the seller's advice, but also the feedback from other buyers.
Choosing between the socket and the hidden connection of the
So, the bath towel is almost selected, but what type of connection of the appliance to the mains should be stopped? Electrical design, equipped with a plug, is the easiest solution. Well, if the towel warmer and quite portable, then positive comments about it will be written by all housewives without exception. Such a coil if necessary easily moves from the bathroom to the kitchen, and from it the towel warmer is easy to move to the balcony and even to the bedroom. ..
However, nothing is perfect, because everything rests on the installation of an outlet in the bathroom. Well, if the bath has a large area, then the condition that the connector should be not less than 0.6 m from the shower cabin, bath or sink, to perform easily. But what to do when the bath is very small or it is spacious, but it does not have an outlet? It is best to mount an electric towel rail with hidden wiring. Of course, its connection to the network should occur outside the bathroom. This is not a difficult task, as it may seem at first, and from an aesthetic point of view, a towel warmer with wires hidden in the wall will look much more attractive( compare a photo device that is plugged into an outlet from a photo of a coil whose wires are not visible).And about the greater security of such a connection and remind me not worth it.
How to provide protection?
Still, you have decided that you have sufficient knowledge in the issues of wiring, and do not want to call specialists to install a towel dryer with a thermostat. Then, keep in mind that the additional protection device for an indoor unit with a high humidity electric appliance will help to avoid a lot of trouble in the future. Grounding is the most important safety factor, but many apartment buildings, especially old ones, boast earthing loops? The problem with the current connection is easier to solve in a private home( in the network set out detailed instructions, provided with photos, on how to make ground in the house).
The exit from a seemingly deadlock situation is. Installation of ELV protects you and your relatives from current damage. The automatic device instantly deactivates the network if the potential difference between the wires increases sharply. To pick up a high-quality automaton, it is better to contact the solid stores of electrical equipment, and before the campaign in them it would be nice to look up the description on the Internet and look in more detail photos UZO.Apparently, a protective device is best placed on the line, which leads directly to the device with a thermostat( it would be perfect if all the electrical appliances in the house, and not just a towel in the bathroom, were equipped with automatic machines).
Installation and connection of a towel rail
It should not be forgotten that the additional electrical equipment increases the load on the electrical grid in an apartment or house. Even if the purchased towel dryer is not too powerful, you should evaluate if the home network can withstand one more connection. Residents of old apartments are advised to conduct a posting audit, because in most cases, the premises are laid aluminum wire, which should be replaced by more powerful copper cables. Immediately, it should be warned that aluminum and copper wires can not be connected in any way, as they create galvanic vapors. Well, homeowners who know the load on which their electrical grid is calculated, and the residents of new multi-apartment buildings, where modern cables are laid, can begin work on the installation of a towel dryer.
In the bathroom wall after the marking is applied, it is necessary to drill a through hole for the power supply and holes for fastening the device. Be sure to disconnect the power supply network or, if the cable is equipped with separate automatic devices, disconnect the power supply to the device to the line. Install the box in which the pinched ends of the wire of the device and cable will be connected.
Securely secure the towel rail on the wall( it should not be installed closer than 60 cm from the bath or sink), pull the wire through the hole in the wall and connect with the cable in the box. Connect them with a twist or terminals, but do not forget that the required area of contact wire with cable depends directly on the power of the electric appliance. For a weak device, it is enough to clean from braiding a few millimeters at the tips of the wires, and for a kilowatt and a more powerful device, it is necessary to bare not 1 cm of wire. Insulate the connection and close the box, make sure the coil switch is off, and the thermostat is set to the minimum value. Only after this should be supplied to the circuit current. Turn on the appliance and set the temperature to the desired temperature.
Feel the difference
Most likely, you have a photo of a bathroom, which has not yet been installed coil. Take the camera and remove the bath with the towel warmer installed there. By comparing both photos, you will see how much more attractive the room is, with this useful and sophisticated design.