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Be wrapped in warmth throughout the home

Incorporating radiant heat into bathrooms and living areas using heated towel rails and under-tile heating is an effective way to improve your comfort this winter.

A heated towel rail is a practical device for modern bathrooms. It provides the simple pleasure of a warm, cosy towel ready-to-hand when you step out of your bath or shower.

According to Home Smart Innovations manager, Malinda Bishop, electrical towel rails make sense as they help to dry bath towels in cool weather and can be switched off when heating is not required. “A side benefit of the heated towel rail is that the radiant effect can also lift the ambient room temperature to a certain degree,” said Malinda, Home Smart Innovations manager.

In Australian bathrooms, wall-mounted ladder racks are generally used and come in chrome, stainless steel or white finish. The number of rails varies with three-rail or five-rail models the most common. If installed prior to tiling the wiring is hidden behind the tiles and operated similar to a light switch.

Under-tile heating is a floor heating system designed for either cement or timber floors where heating is provided by in-screed cables. This type of heating is often known as ‘direct acting’ due to its ability to heat up quickly. Under-tile heating may also be called ‘in-screed heating’ because the cables are not installed within a full concrete slab, but rather covered with a cement-based screed.

SHI floor heatingUnder-tile and in-slab heating are now being installed in an increasing number of bathrooms, living areas, bedrooms and playrooms. “The heat radiating through the tile not only warms the room, but it gives the normally cold tile a warm soothing feel,” said Malinda.

In-slab heating uses heating cables embedded in a concrete floor to provide home heating. The slab stores the heat at night and releases it to provide continuous warmth to the home during the day. The homeowner has complete control over the temperature and operating times via a thermostat.

Under-tile and in-slab heating are now being installed in an increasing number of bathrooms, living areas, bedrooms and playrooms. “The heat radiating through the tile not only warms the room, but it gives the normally cold tile a warm soothing feel,” said Malinda. “Under heating of timber flooring is also becoming more popular.”

Stress-free electrical plans

Home Smart Innovations (HSI) is a full service business that works with you to develop the electrical plan for your new home and then provides its own licensed electricians to complete the work.

HSI’s friendly and professional electrical consultants are able to guide you through every electrical component of building your home and will custom-design an integrated electrical system to suit your requirements.

These items may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Downlights
  • Garden Lighting
  • Feature Lighting
  • Phone points
  • Dimming
  • Alarm systems
  • 2 or 3 way switching
  • Ducted Vacuum Systems
  • TV Points
  • Intercom’s /Door bell
  • TV Antenna
  • Star Serve – Smart wiring
  • Provision for pay TV
  • C-Bus Home Automation
  • Home Theatre
  • Under tile/In slab heating
  • Audio Solutions
  • Heated towel rails
  • Home Networking

Before attending an appointment with a HSI consultant it is a good idea to put some thought into your lighting requirements in each room, the positioning of your furniture and televisions and so on, in order to establish your power supply requirements.

When building your home you should look to the future and plan for new innovations that may come along. By having the facility to be able to add to your home as technology increases your home will remain modern, energy efficient and above all easy to sell when the time comes for you to move on.