C = Central Heating, this means that the towel rail or radiator works with your central heating system.
D = Dual Fuel, this means that the towel rail or radiator works with your central heating and can also be used with a heating element.
E= Electric, this means that the towel rail or radiator can be used with a heating element.
D = Dual Fuel, this means that the towel rail or radiator is not compatible with dual fuel.
E = Electric, this means that the towel rail or radiator is not compatible with a electric heating element.
1. What is a Dual Fuel Heated Towel Rail?
Dual fuel heated towel rails give you the choice of two different energy sources on one rail, electric or central heating. This is chosen by you, dependent on whether you want the whole central heating system running (typically in the winter), or whether you just want to have the heated towel rail alone running, when you would use the electric option (typically in the summer). You'll need both central heating pipes running into the rail and an element connected to a fused spur. Dual fuel is a great benefit in the summertime and is economically a good option and becoming ever more popular.
2. Buying Dual Fuel is Very Simple - All You Need is a Rail and a Dual Fuel Pack
Select your chosen rail from our website and look for the ticked or crossed logo's, which is explained above. Once you have chosen the radiator or towel rail of your choice and if the appliance is suitable to run as Dual Fuel or Electric, the options will be available to you on the product page. you'll simply need to purchase one of our "Dual Fuel Packs" which contain all the component parts you'll need to install the radiator or towel rail as dual fuel. Note: If you don't see any dual fuel packs listed on a particular towel rail or radiator, this will mean that it is not suitable for using as electric (and you will also notice it will say "rail not available in electric" under the main product images).
3. What Function Does Each Component Part in the Pack Perform?
A. T-Piece: This is essentially the key component of the setup, as the T-Piece enables you to connect both the valve (for the central heating) and the element (for the electrical supply) to the same valve entry point (tapping) on the heated towel rail. All of our Dual Fuel Packs include 2x T-Pieces, as this gives a neat symmetrical look on both sides of the rail.
B. Valves: Required to control the flow of water from your central heating system. You have the choice of four different types of valve across our 4 dual fuel packs:
- Manual Angled Valves
- Manual Flat Front Valves
- Thermostatic Angled Valves
- Thermostatic Flat Front Valves
C. Element: Required to heat the rail when used as electric. You have the choice of two types of element across the four packs:
- Single Heat Element (supplied with the Manual Valve Packs): This element will heat up to an internal temperature of 65°C and then maintain this temperature.
- Variable Heat Element (supplied with the Thermostatic Valve Packs): This element will heat up to your desired temperature, across five settings starting at 20°C and increasing to 70°C in increments of 10°C.
D. Blank Plug Required as we supply 2x T-Pieces with our packs, so the blank plug blocks up the opening on the T-Piece which isn't occupied by the element.
E. Extension Pipes & Shrouds: Purely aesthetic to finish off the installation, this is used to cover or replace copper pipe.