Heating a Bathroom with Electric Radiators

Our Vertex electric radiator with detachable towel rails is designed to heat your bathroom safely and efficiently.

Before installing an electric towel rail in your bathroom, it is vital to ensure you know the correct place to put it.

Placing your radiator in the right place in your bathroom, and installing it correctly, will not only help keep you and your home safe, but also ensure that you are heating your bathroom in the most efficient way - ultimately helping you save money.

Read our guide below to learn:

  • Why you should choose electric radiators to heat your bathroom
  • Where to put an electric bathroom heater

Why choose electric radiators for your bathroom?

Everyone's first instinct is to believe that water and electricity do not mix. And, of course, if not handled in a safe way, that's certainly the case.

However, it's a common misconception that it is unsuitable to use electricity to heat your bathroom. In fact, our electric radiators and their remote controls offer a safe, convenient and efficient way to keep your bathroom warm.

Our Vertex electric towel rail, as shown above, is specifically designed for use in the bathroom:

  • Its vertical design means the heater is easily fitted into areas where there is limited horizontal wall space - such as most typical bathrooms
  • The supplied detachable towel rails quickly and easily convert the radiator into an electric towel rail
  • IPX4 rated – the radiator is protected against splashing water from all angles, and therefore suitable for bathrooms
  • Purchasing the optional remote control makes programing your heating exactly how you want it as simple and convenient as possible

Where to put an electric radiator in a bathroom

In order to be safe and to comply with the standards for electrical installation in the UK, electric radiators must be fitted in certain locations in bathrooms.

These safe locations are determined by the IET (the Institute of Engineering and Technology; formerly the Institution of Electrical Engineers - the IEE) and its Wiring Regulations. The locations - or zones - relate to the distance from sources of water and the level of protection an electrical item has against water, i.e. its IPX rating.

Our Vertex electric radiators are safe for use in bathroom zones 1 and 2. For more information, see the information below.

Bathroom electrical zones

The electric zones as determined by the IET Wiring Regulations (17th Edition) are as follows:

Zone 0

  • Where: actually inside the bath or shower
  • Electrical equipment that can be used: SELV (separated or safety extra low voltage - max 12V) with a minimum rating of IPX7 (protected against water immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 metre)

Zone 1

  • Where: the area around the bath or shower, up to a height of 2.25 metres from the floor and at a radius of 1.2 metres from the water outlet
  • Electrical equipment that can be used: Items with a minimum rating of IPX4 (protected against splashing water), provided there is no likelihood of water jets being used for cleaning purposes - in which case IPX5 (protected against water jets) equipment must be used

Zone 2

  • Where: the area beyond zones 0 and 1, 0.6 metres horizontally and up to a height of 2.25 metres from the floor
  • Electrical equipment that can be used: Items with a minimum rating of IPX4 (protected against splashing water), with the same provisions as zone 1
  • Although the guidelines do not specifically refer to wash basins, the area around a basin, within a 0.6 metre radius of any tap, is considered as zone 2

Outside zones

  • Where: anywhere outside zones 0, 1 and 2
  • Electrical equipment that can be used: No IP rating is required unless water jets are likely to be used, in which case a minimum of IPX5 must be used

Please note: This information has been provided as a guide only. Please consult the current IET Wiring Regulations for the full guidelines. Find out more about the IET and its Wiring Regulations over at electrical.theiet.org.

So, if you choose one of our Vertex radiators, you can be 100% confident that it is safe to install it in zone 1 or 2 of your bathroom.

One final thing to remember:

Our radiators are designed to be as easy to install as possible, which is why they work by plugging into your mains electricity. As recommended by charity Electrical Safety First, the socket that your radiator is plugged into must be at least 3 metres from a bath or shower.

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