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Towel Warmer Safety Question

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:59 pm
by houseguy
I recently came to know about Towel Warmers. Honestly, I haven't used one before. Living the cold area I hope this will help during the winter seasons.
I want to make sure if this a right thing to do.
I have two concerns:
1. My major concern is the fire hazard. Can towel warmers catch fire? have researched a bit and looks like the risk is only as much as any other electrical device
2. Is my electrical bill going to shoot off the roof?
I know this is an expert forum. Hope to get some answers.

Re: Towel Warmer Safety Question

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:17 pm
by A. Spruce
I highly doubt that a towel warmer is worth the expense or hassles of installation. If it is only a heated bar, all it will do is warm a strip of the towel where it contacts the bar. If it has more contact area with the towel then it will do a better job of warming.

Electric heaters are not all that efficient when it comes to power usage, will you have a noticeable jump in your power bill, maybe a dollar or two, not that big a deal, but again, IMHO, not worth the expense or hassles of having a heated towel bar.

Fire concerns, because this is an electrical appliance in a wet environment, I'm betting that it should be connected to a GFCI/AFCI protected power source, which should eliminate the possibility of risk of fire or bodily injury due to shock. If it's not connected to a protected power source, then I wouldn't recommend installing it.

If this is a spam post, as I suspect, then none of this matters anyway. 8-)