Wrapping up in a hot towel after a relaxing bath is one of those simple luxuries that keep us coming back to the spa time and time again. Installing a towel warmer in your bathroom is a great way to bring spa-level comfort to your own home, and more and more people are discovering that having their own towel warmer is simpler and less expensive than they may have thought. Towel warmers are no longer considered exclusive luxuries reserved for spas, resorts and the super-wealthy. They are becoming common fixtures in the homes of many Americans. These warmers are racks designed to safely warm your towels so that you don’t have to wrap yourself in a chilly, uncomfortable towel after you get out of the shower or bath. There is a design option to fit every lifestyle and space.
Towel warmers that are mounted directly to the wall are great space savers, and are ideal for smaller bathrooms. They can also add a sleek, modern look to your space. Of course, they are fixed in one place and are generally difficult to move. Free standing racks are great if the space is available, because they can be moved at your convenience. Warming racks are generally heated in one of two ways. The first option is to heat your towel warmer with hydroponics. With this system, the rack itself is made from pipes that circulate hot water, much like baseboard heating in a house. These towel warmers must be connected to your homes hot water heater, or can be connected to a closed hydroponic system separate from your hot water heater. This system is energy efficient, but can be challenging and more costly to install. The other option is to use electricity as the heat source. Electric towel warmers can be plugged in to the wall, or can be hard wired into your homes existing electrical system. Both are fairly simple, though hard-wiring could be costly when considering the need to hire an electrician.
However, electrically heated towel warmers are cost and energy efficient because they run on low wattage elements. Now, you may be wondering why you would want a towel warmer in your own home, beyond the convenience of having a warm towel when you get out of the shower. There are actually quite a few benefits to having your own towel warmer that may not be obvious on the first consideration. Because the warmer is heated, it effects the temperature of the room, and will help to keep your bathroom warmer when you step out onto that cool tile floor. But warmth and comfort are not the only benefits. Towel warmers also help to maintain a dry bathroom. Bacteria has a tendency to grow in wet cool spaces, and your bathroom is a magnet for bacteria. Running your shower every day (or several times a day depending on the size of your family) can create an ideal environment for potentially dangerous germs to multiply. They love those damp corners and crevasses created by shower steam.
Your towel warmer will heat and dry both the air and surfaces of your bathroom, helping to eliminate those germs and the spaces they love to inhabit. Of course, while it heats and dries your bathroom, your towel warmer will also heat and dry your towels. You will find that towels will last longer, and smell and feel fresher because the warming rack keeps them from getting musty and damp. One of the best features of a towel warmer is that it can be used for so much more than towels! Are your kids constantly getting their close soaked “washing their hands” in the sink? Or maybe they like to go in and out from the pool or the slip and slide, and you don’t want to run your dryer several times a day? Well, your towel warmer is a great substitute for the dryer, which uses more water and more energy. Bathing suits, socks, bathrobes and pretty much everything else can be hung from the towel warming rack to dry. And to top it off, they will be warm and soft like they are when they come out of the dryer, not stiff and wrinkled like clothes hung to air dry. Towel warmers can also be great drying options for delicate clothing. Sometimes the tumble dryer is too harsh on your intimates, or on your kids hand-painted shirt. Hang them on your towel warmer, and you will get the same thorough dry, without the rough beating of the dryer. And, who says you have to put your towel warmer in your bathroom? They can be great luxuries in kitchens, mudrooms, and even outdoor living spaces like near your pool or hot tub! Of course, safety is important when bringing anything new into your home. When used properly, towel warmers are completely safe and can be a great stress-reducing luxury. Many towel warmers have automatic shut off functions. This means that if the warmer is left on for a certain amount of time, it shuts off on it’s own and immediately begins to cool down.
Most warmers are designed to run at the optimum temperature for drying and warming without posing a safety risk. This means that they can be hot, but generally will not burn the skin when touched for short periods of time Of course, electric towel warmers naturally pose a risk because they are connected to electricity. Without proper supervision, any electrical appliance can be dangerous to small children or pets. However, there are many ways to ensure adequate safety. There are so many wonderful modern conveniences that can make your life more comfortable. An in-home towel warmer can make every day feel like a day at the spa, and the feeling of a hot towel around you is really a terrific luxury. There are many things to consider when exploring the options of having a towel warmer installed in your home. However, the benefits far outweigh the costs, and you are sure to find the right style and system for you!