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  • Dual Fuel Heated Towel Rails

    We all dream of owning a bathroom that is both beautiful and efficient. At Bathroom Takeaway we believe that we can get you a little closer to fulfilling this dream by introducing Dual Fuel heated towel rails into your home, combining modern designer looks with high efficiency, it’s no wonder these towel rails are increasing in popularity. Available in many different styles, these towel rails have one significant advantage: they work as part of the centralised heating as well as individually, fuelled by electricity. Dual Fuel towel rails keep your towels toasty warm even after you have switched off the heating in your home!

    1. How to install a Dual Fuel Heated Towel Rail


    Before you start with the installation make sure to have all the parts required available:

    • 2 Valves
    • Heating Element with T-piece
    • Towel Rail
    • Adjustable Spanner

    1st Step:

    Choose on which side you would like to insert the electric heating element. This depends solely on where your electricity outlet is and does not affect the functionality of the element. The electric heating element can only be inserted on the lower part of the Dual Fuel towel rail and not the top.

    Attach one of the valves to the towel rail. The type of valve you use will vary depending on the towel rail and design you have chosen. The pictures below serve as an example only. We recommend you ask your plumber concerning which type of valve you should use.

    2nd Step:

    If it is not already in the correct position, put the T-piece (see photo below) onto the heating element. This will allow you to connect the heating element to the second valve. Then insert the heating element into the towel rail. Use an adjustable spanner to tighten the heating element. It is crucial you use an adjustable spanner; doing it manually can cause damage to the very sensitive internal conductors of the element.

    3rd Step:

    Now attach the second valve onto the T-piece. The result should look like the picture below.

    2. How to convert a Dual Fuel Towel Rail for electric use only


    Before you start with the installation make sure to have all the parts required available:

    • Heating Element
    • Towel Rail
    • Adjustable Spanner

    1st Step:

    As for the installation of the Dual Fuel towel rail, choose the side on which to insert the heating element. This depends solely on where your electricity outlet is and does not affect the functionality of the element. The electric heating element can only be inserted on the lower part of the dual fuel towel rail and not the top.

    2nd Step:

    If you intend to use your Dual Fuel Towel rail with electricity only, then you won’t need the T-Piece on your heating element and you can remove it. However, there is a little cap on the T-piece, which you will use later to close up the second vertical pipe of your towel rail.

    3rd Step:

    Now insert the electric heating element without the T-piece into the towel rail and tighten with an adjustable spanner. It is crucial you use an adjustable spanner; doing it manually can cause damage to the very sensitive internal conductors of the element.

    4th Step:

    Use the little chrome cap from the T-piece to close the pipe on the bottom end. On one side you will now have the electric heating element and on the other you will have the chrome cap.

    5th Step:

    Now fill the towel rail from the top with 90% water and 5% inhibitor liquid. The remaining 5% has to stay empty in order to allow the water to expand as it changes temperature. Now you can close the towel rail and mount it to the wall.

    This blog is not an instruction manual and is to be seen as a guideline only. We recommend you ask your plumber for a qualified installation of your Dual Fuel towel rail.

  • How to thoroughly clean your radiator

    duster in a radiator

    When it comes to cleaning the house, most people will likely only clean the front of the radiator, with little regard for the rest of it simply because it’s not visible. If you’ve yet to clean your radiator properly then it’s likely filled with dust and whatever else falls between it and the wall.

    Cleaning your radiator is more than just a hyenic necessity, it can actually effect the performance of your radiator due to the deposited dust acting as an insulator and preventing heat from escaping into your room.

    Equipment


    • Vacuum Cleaner
    • Duster
    • Bucket of Soapy Water
    • Sponges and Clothes
    • Towel or a Dust Sheet
    • A long stick (yard stick)
    • Sellotape

    Cleaning Steps


    Turn off the heating

    This is an obvious one but it is also an important one which is why we put it in the method. But not only does make cleaning the radiator safer, it actually stops more dust from collecting in the radiator therefore it actually does have some practical use.

    Vacuum

    Start vacuuming the top, inside and bottom of the radiator, trying to remove as much dust as possible. There are certain attachments that make this easier but if you don’t have them it doesn’t matter you can do it without.

    Yardstick

    This is where we get more creative. Get your long stick and Sellotape a cloth to the end of it. Make sure that you don’t Sellotape it too much to the point where you’ve covered up the majority of the cloth up.

    Then place or sheet below the radiator to catch all the dust and dirt that falls on the floor. Then begin to push all the dust at the back of the radiator with the stick and keep doing this until it is completely clear.

    Hairdryer

    This is actually rather simple and does work quite effectively, of course the more powerful the hairdryer the better the results. With the sheet or towel still on the floor, point the nozzle down the back of the radiator and turn on so it blows anything the yardstick left behind.

    Soapy Water

    Now that all the dust is gone it’s time to fill your bucket with soapy water and start cleaning the outside of the radiator. Once you have finished washing it down dry it with a dry cloth.

    There you have it, a clean and potentially more efficient radiator! If your radiator is beyond a thorough cleaning then check out our designer range here.

  • BTU Explained

    BTU Explained

    When buying anything you want to make sure you know exactly what you’re buying. When it comes to towel rails and radiators a lot of people don’t understand how much heat output they have. Well this is BTU. It stands for ‘British Thermal Unit’ and it the universal measurement for heat output in the plumbing and heating industry.

    To put it in perspective, 1 BTU is equivalent to the heat given off by a single standard match stick. So make sure the BTU rating is sensible!

    Working BTU out


    The best and easiest way to find out what BTU you need for your room is to simply ask your plumber. They will work it out for you and you will be able to trust them that it will be accurate. However, if you want to work it out yourself then the formula is actually quite simple, with a calculator of course. All you need to do is get the length, width and height of a room in metres and apply it to this formula;

    (Length x Width x Height) x 90

    So, if you had a room that was 7m x 5m x 3m then you would need a radiator or a few radiators that have a combined BTU of 9,450


    white modern vertical radiator

    With the SANDVIK WHITE DOUBLE VERTICAL RADIATOR having 11,834 BTU you will have no problem warming up a room.

  • When to replace your radiator

    Radiators may seem to be broken but it is important to know that sometimes they just need repairing such as giving your heating system a power flush so, don’t go spending your money on a brand-new radiator without knowing what’s wrong with it because more often or not it will just need a quick fix. However, there will be times where it can’t be fixed and it will need to be replaced and we thought we could help you through this tedious process of replacing a radiator.

    Why replace a radiator?

    There are many different reasons as to why people replace radiators. It doesn’t just have to be because the old ones are broken or on their way out. They could be getting renewed because they don’t like the look of the old ones, this tends to happen when a house or when a certain room is being renovated to match the style of the new house. So, the reasoning of the radiator replacement can either be down to functionality, aesthetics or both.

    white traditional style radiator

    Heat output

    If you are changing your radiator because you think that your current radiators don’t give off enough heat output then you should ensure you know what you’re looking for when buying a new one. First of all, heat output is measured in BTU (British Thermal Units) and it’s important to calculate how much BTU you will need for a specific room. If you go to https://www.bathroomtakeaway.co.uk/blog/btu-what-are-they-for then you can understand more about BTU and how much BTU you will need with a calculation. This is the most accurate way of finding out whether a new radiator would be suitably heat your room.

    vertical white radiator

    Designs

    There are plenty of different designs for radiators from vertical, contemporary designs to traditional horizontal radiators. You can see our full range of designer radiators here and traditional here so whatever look you’re going for, you can achieve it affordably with WarmeHaus.

    modern matte grey horizontal radiator

  • Cold spots in the radiator

    cold spots in radiators

    If you are noticing cold spots in your radiator it could be due to a number of different things. However, you don’t always have to call a plumber for small things such as this. We will teach you how to spot what the cause of the cold spots are. Here is some advice on how to diagnose the problem and then fix it.

    Location

    The location of the cold spot can actually give you some insight as to what the cause of the cold spot might be. You don’t need fancy tools or skills to detect cold spots within your radiator which makes diagnosing the problem easy to do.

    Top

    If the cold spots are at the top of the radiator then it is possible that it could be trapped air within the heating system. The best way to solve this problem is by bleeding the radiator. You don’t need a plumber for this and in fact can find detailed, step by step instructions on how to do it online.

    Centre

    Cold spots in the centre of the radiator can be caused from a build-up of rust and sludge which then blocks the bottom side of the radiator. You can sort this issue power flushing your heating system. You are best calling a professional to do this as they have the right equipment and knowledge to deal with this. To prevent sludge building up in your system you can buy a filter from Boiler-m8.

    Bottom

    Just like if the cold spot is at the centre, this could also be from a build of debris and sludge. However, you might not have to power flush your whole system. If you have an open-vent system then you can buy a heating system sludge remover which are available in many stores. You can then flush your system yourself by adding the liquid to the feed and expansion tank. After a few days, you should empty and refill the system.

    If you have tried all of the solutions above and still find that your radiator has cold spots then maybe it’s time for a new radiator. We have a huge variety of radiators from traditional to contemporary designs so you can replace your old radiator with a new one that you will be proud of. Check out our full range here

    designer radiator

  • The Perfect Radiator Design For You

    perfect radiator for you

    Everyone has different tastes and preferences which makes us and our houses all unique in some way. So, if you are shopping for a radiator etc. you’d more than likely not just go and buy the most popular because whilst many people may love that design, it may not be particularly to your taste. This is why we decided to create a guide to help you with picking out a radiator for your home.

    Aside from the obvious factors such as whether the radiator is traditional, contemporary, vertical or horizontal etc, you need to consider everything from the type of valves to the heat output. Otherwise you could end up with a stunning radiator with pipework that is incompatible and too low a heat output to heat your space properly.”

    Modern

    Modern radiators look perfect in contemporary houses as they stand loud and proud, adding to the modern interior instead of hiding within the existing design. Opt for a horizontal radiator for bedrooms and living rooms as they can fit perfectly below windows and use up wall space that wouldn’t usually get used up anyway. Take a look at our Norden range that works great with soft colours.

    norden radiator horizontal

    If you want to keep all the radiators around the house a similar design, then modern radiators are perfect because they look good horizontally and vertically. For the bathroom and kitchen, you could use a vertical design as they utilize space well for these rooms that need a lot of space but they don’t lose out on high heat output. Look at our vertical Norden range looking effortless against the white and grey tiles.

    norden radiator range vertical

    Traditional

    Now there are two types of traditional radiators. You have traditional column radiators, and you have the design from a bygone era – often Victorian. Let’s take a look at the common column radiator. These radiators have a bygone Victorian era look to them but maintain a modern performance. Here is our Bern range.

    white bergen radiator range horizontal

    If you have a more traditional, Victorian styled house then a bygone Victorian era styled radiator would look amazing in your home. These tend to be harder to find due to their niche nature but if you look around on the internet you will find one easy enough.

    The perfect radiator for you all depends on your home’s design, what room it’s going in, your preference and the heat output. So make sure that you take all of that into account when shopping in order to avoid disappointment later on.

  • Make A House A Home

    make a house a home

    If you are moving into a new house or lived there for a while but never got around to decorating, we will guide you through some important steps into turning your house into a warm, loving home that you can not only be proud of but feel part of it too!

    Heating

    If your heating system isn’t as efficient as you would like it to be, then have a look at what the problem might be. This could either be because the boiler is on its way out or maybe you simply just need some new radiators that have a higher BTU (heat output measurement). If it’s the latter, then our Harstad double tube radiator would work perfectly as it has a staggering heat output of 5545 BTU.

    harstad vertical radiator in white

    The style of radiators often go overlooked as people tend to buy radiators only thinking of its functionality. However, the style of radiators actually does add a lot of style to a room. You can go for the traditional radiator look that will blend in to the room or you can opt for a designer radiator that will give the house a fresh, modern look to the house. Take a look at our huge variety of radiators over at www.warmehaus.co.uk.
    Norden range, matte grey horizontal radiator.

    Little details

    When it comes to making, your house feel like a home it really does come down to small details. When a house is empty, with no pictures or ornaments, it always feels like the house isn’t being lived in. Put pictures around the house, on walls or in picture frames on bed side tables etc. Also, include paintings etc. It gives the house a personality and looks like people actually live in it. This doesn’t mean plaster the whole house though as it can feel oppressive.

    Another small detail you can add to your house is cushions. It makes the couch look comfier and more welcoming and add that personal touch that will make you feel at home. But when it comes to cushions it doesn’t just have to just be the couch. Have excess cushions on the bed, they never get used but they do make the bedroom look classy and gives it a very warm and welcoming vibe.

    cushion that reads love

    Colour

    Your walls are more likely going to plain white, which can look great, especially in a modern or contemporary styled house but, it doesn’t feel warm and homely. We would suggest opting for soft greys and browns that do give you the warming sense of home. Or, if you want to be a little bit bolder then add splashes of bright colours around the house and play around with little accessories.

    living room that has splashes of lime green such as on the cushions and rug

  • Saving Heat In The House

    Tips: saving heat

    We all would love to save heat from escaping our homes. Whether it’s to save money or would just like to be that little bit warmer. We have a few little tips that will help you trap heat in your home so that you are all nice and snug.

    Curtains

    Closing curtains actually reduces the amount of heat lost through your windows. Be sure to tuck them in behind the radiator to force the heat into the room rather than towards the window. The thicker the curtains the more effective this is. However, if you are doing this on a sunny day you might want to open the curtains to allow the sun in, this will also give you heat. This can be effective if you open and close the curtains at the right times.

    Close the unused rooms

    If you are only using the living room for example, then make sure that all the doors linking to the living room are closed. This gives the warm air less space to circulate which will keep the warm air in. Especially if you use a fireplace in that room, the heat being generated will not circulate around the whole house therefore it will be more effective. A second door after your front door is beneficial too as it can act as a kind of ‘airlock’ to the hot air so nothing is lost when you enter and exit your home.

    Rugs and carpets

    Using rugs and carpets are perfect for trapping heat in the house. Plus, nobody likes walking bare footed on cold wood or tiles. It gives you a warm comfortable feeling when walking across it and it actually does trap heat in the room. Perfect.

    dog sleeping on a  rug

    Warm drinks

    This is perfect for keeping you warm on a cold night. Getting comfy on the couch with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate is unbeatable in winter. It keeps you warm and tastes delicious, what is there not to like about that? Plus, we are British, we love a good cup of tea.

    woman holding a hot drink in her hand

    Heater or fireplace

    Putting on the central heating when you’re the only one in can be a little bit of a waste. You will be heating the entire house when you’re only using one room. A fireplace or a heater will be a lot more effective as it only heats up the room that you’re using.



    log fire

    If you put all of this together you will be trapping a lot of heat and keeping yourself nice and cosy no matter how cold and harsh the night gets!

  • Have A Cosy Valentines Day In

    have a cosy valentines day writing with two teddy bears hugging

    We normally always try so hard to impress our loved one on Valentine’s Day. This usually results in expensive meals and flowers, trips away to hotels and more. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You will find that sometimes money isn’t needed, just the effort. Try planning a full day/night at home. This could be a movie day or a home spa experience.

    Benefits

    The benefits from this first of all is the money. Sometimes you can find yourself spending the same amount as you would for a holiday or even a new radiator. So, save that money and take that holiday or treat yourself to a new radiator.

    The second benefit is that it can be more effective than a meal. If you take your partner for a meal, then no effort is required. You are just following all the cheesy clichés. If you actually plan a day at home, then more thought is put in which will be noticed and appreciated.

    The third benefit is the ease of it. It does take more time to think of something to do, but the actual day is easier. You don’t have to leave the house and you don’t have to dress up fancy, you simply, where comfy clothes and watch movies all day. Or you could take it that next step to a cosy night in by ordering takeaway, however it isn’t as romantic as cooking.

    Turn the radiators on and just sit back in the comfort and warmth of your home, nothing sounds better than chilling out in a warm home. It’s better than the crazy panicking of trying to make it to restaurants for the time you’ve reserved that’s for sure.

    So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with your cosy self. Don’t follow the clichés, cosy nights in are just as good. Well we would say they’re even better!

  • Radiator Vs Towel rails

    Buyers guide: kitchen cabinets

    We’re sure you’ve had the internal debate of whether to get a towel rail or radiator when remodelling your bathroom before. However, when it comes down to which is better, well that all depends on the aesthetics you want and the function you are using it for. This is why we put together this guide with everything you need to know about Radiators and Towel Rails. That way you can decide for yourselves which one you think takes the crown.

    Function


    Now if you are looking for something to heat up the bathroom the best then you will want a radiator. Both the towel rail and radiator are more than adequate to heat up the bathroom however, a radiator has a higher BTU which means it has a higher heat output.


    white vertical radiator on a grey wall

    Due to the vertical bars on a vertical radiator you can’t hang towels on it whereas the towel rail has horizontal bars allowing you to do so. This in turn means that unless you go for a horizontal radiator you are unable to hang towels on it. A radiator will do the trick by heating the room, but then you have to sacrifice the warm towel.


    chrome designer towel rail on a grey wall

    Aesthetics


    This is really all about preference. However, the difference between the two of them are getting smaller as vertical radiators are becoming increasingly popular. Vertical radiators are similar to towel rails however the bars run vertically up on the radiators whereas the bars run horizontal on towel rails so that they can hang the towels. Again, it also depends on the room that you are in, for example a towel rail wouldn’t look right in a living room. However, a radiator would look good anywhere in the house. However, the bathroom, both of them deserve a place there so it will all be down to preference of looks and the whether you would prefer aesthetically and functionality.


    Or if you really still can’t decide between them both, we also sell a radiator that has towel rails on. That way you benefit from higher BTUs but also get warmer towels.

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