Electric elements are designed to fit inside both plumbed or non plumbed towel rails, this allows the rails to function when the central heating is switched off.
Non Thermostatic elements maintain a constant temperature at which the rail will stay. Thermostatic elements allow you to control the temperature of the rail to a desired heat.
Timed Thermostatic elements benefit from the addition of a drying function which means that the rail can be turned on for a specific time period as required.
Get to know your valves
The type of radiator valve you will need is dependent on the position of the radiator valve inlets that your new radiator requires and the position of the central heating supply flow and return pipes that your radiator feeds off. See the information on the below.
Manual Radiator Valves work like a tap, you can turn the top of the valve to allow more or less water into your radiator.
Straight Radiator Valves join the radiator to the central heating pipework in a straight, horizontal line. The pipe work comes from the floor.
The benefit of using Corner valves when pipe work is coming from the wall is that the radiator head will be pointing upwards and will not increase the overall depth of your radiator.
Unlike manual valves TRVs can self regulate. This means it takes into account the room temperature ensuring the radiator works at a maximum room temperature.