Imagine coming back home in the evening after a long, grueling day at work. You need a warm shower so badly that the first thing you do is head right to the bathroom. The shower has the effect you desired, you feel relaxed. Then comes the moment you want to use your towel, and as fate would have it, the towel is so cold and it makes you feel uncomfortable. You wish that it was as warm and cozy as the shower.
That is where a dual fuel radiator comes in. It is a rack-like heating device that uses electricity, and can have an independent power system from your home heating system. You can place your towel on this device as you take your shower, so that by the time you use the towel it is heated up and has that comfortable warm feeling.
Features of the Dual Fuel Radiator
Physically, it is a rack-like device. It is electrically powered and can be appended on a wall as it is quite light. At the bottom, it has a pair of power outlets that can be connected to the power supply. It also has a meg thermostatic element and an angled valve. Some are even Bluetooth enabled to make them more efficient to use and operate.
Near the bottom is a circular control interface where the owner can monitor the temperature levels, and either increase or reduce them as desired. It comes with a special wall-socket which provides options for power switch on/off, timer capability and task control.
It features a sphere-like heating element, a cylindrical tee piece and dual fuel kit as basic parts. The device has horizontal rails onto which towels and other clothes can be hung for warming. Some come with a separate meter to monitor the radiator’s condition and function. It gets its power via a power outlet to the socket.
The power cable is insulated for maximum safety against electric shocks and consists of three independent cables inside it colored red yellow and black. Some racks are made with stands that enable them be positioned on the floor on their own while others have to be appended to a wall for support.
- Low Power Usage
A dual fuel radiator is designed in such a way to ensure minimum energy consumption. It features highly optimized circuitry and design features to give the maximum output while conserving the power.
- Does Not Rely On Main Home Power Supply.
One outstanding advantage is that you do not need to have your home’s main power supply system switched on for it to work. It comes in built with the capability to operate on a separate power supply system. As such, on summer days, you do not have to turn on the heating system in your house in order to have your towel warmed up.
- Takes Up Less Space.
A dual fuel radiator has been designed to take up as little space as possible. Hence once installed in your house, it will be of no inconvenience as far as space is concerned. In fact, if well installed, it can act as an added decoration to your indoor space.
To further save on space, the radiator’s pipes are run through the wall or even through the floor. This ensures that there is no ugly piping that fills up your bathroom taking up valuable space.
- It Comes in Different Sizes to Fit Various Needs
Whether you need it for personal use, or for an entire family, radiators come in different sizes that can suit your custom needs. A person will not be forced to buy one that is too small or too large for their needs.
- Ease and Efficiency.
Dual fuel radiators come with a separate remote infra-red control device to easily adjust conditions. In addition, there is a 24-hour timer that ensures that your towels and clothes get just the right amount of heating and not more. The radiator’s R2 element has an adjustable temperature that ranges from about 30 degrees Celsius to seventy degrees. It is the R2 element that interfaces with the remote to adjust the radiator’s temperatures.
The dual fuel radiator works on a simple principle: heated water is made to circulate through the rails. As such there are no expensive and complicated requirements for it to work.
It is an undeniable fact that wherever water and electricity are used together, then there is risk of accidents involving electric shock. The radiator has been designed to overcome these risks. For a start, the connections are tightly bolted to ensure zero leakage. The cables are also double insulated, ensuring that the user is not predisposed to contact with electric current.
For the part of the user, he/she should ensure that the installation is done by an experienced plumber, so that the device is firmly and securely fixed avoiding any future accidents.
Precautions to Be Taken
Like any other electricity-powered home device, the risks associated with these radiators cannot be overlooked. The owners must take necessary precautions even with the radiator’s inbuilt safety features. For instance, children must not be allowed to play with the remote controls as that could send the temperatures spiraling beyond control, which could even cause fires. The radiator’s connection should not be tampered with as this could cause hot water leakages. Even more important, the cables must not be pierced with objects because that exposes them, creating a risk of short circuiting and electric shock.
In conclusion, a dual fuel radiator is definitely a great top-up to every bathroom, because it brings greater comfort after showers. Not even for towels, it will ensure that for the days when you are going out on a snowy day, your clothes are warmed up and the freezing cold does not affect your health. There are numerous benefits associated with them, such as efficiency, safety, and affordability. However, the necessary precautions must also be taken to protect against accidents.