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Hydronic or electric towel warmers

Posted by OntarioMom (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 19, 13 at 18:23

Hi everyone,

We will have hydronic infloor heat in our home under construction. We thought to have a towel warmers in a few bathrooms. I spoke to the infloor contractor today, and he said that to have hydronic towel warmers run 12 months a year we would need a special pump run to the warmers (I think he guesstimated $700/pump). We could of course have the hydronic towel warmers run without an additional pump during the heating season (Oct-March for our climate). Otherwise we could just go with electric towel warmers so the towels could dry/heat all year long.

For those of you who have both hydronic infloor heat and towel warmers, what did you do?



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RE: Hydronic or electric towel warmers

I installed a Runtal Omnipanel.

Same reasoning. The RFH doesn't run all year long. And even in the winter, it doesn't run 24/7.

Most of the electric heaters are quite weak in the BTU outputs. The Runtal Omnipanel can actually heat an entire bathroom. It can be a room heater. A clothes dryer. A towel warmer.

There are other Runtal models, as well as other manufacturers, that make "real" towel warmers. But for our requirements it was the one that was the best choice.

RE: Hydronic or electric towel warmers

Hi MOngoct,

Thanks for your reasoning -- the electric seems like a practical choice. Glad to know you like your electric towel warmer by Runtal. I do like the idea of wet towels drying quickly in July when the infloor is not on. I sure don't want to pay the high cost for a special pump for the in floor just to dry towels in the summer.


RE: Hydronic or electric towel warmers

I find hydronic warmers very hard to use and to sustain. Opt for the electric warmers. They are much more practical.

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