Stay cosy in your kitchen this winter with our tips for heating up a chilly cook space.
A kitchen should be the warm, cosy heart of the home, but for some of us, this isn’t the case. With hard surfaces, cold flooring and chilly external walls, it can be difficult to create a feeling of comfort.
With wall space taken up by units, work surfaces and a variety of different appliances, finding the perfect heating solution for your kitchen and where to put it, can be an unenviable task.
In this month’s blog, we explore different ways to heat your kitchen, suggesting tips for keeping it toasty and inviting.
The classic Radiator
Easily the most common way to provide warmth and comfort in any room of your home is with a radiator.
Modern radiators come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and a variety of colours. The variation will help you to fit them into tight and tricky spaces often found in kitchens, where every last bit of space is important.
If you’re one of the lucky ones that have a little more space in your kitchen, you could make a statement with a striking designer radiator. A vertical designer radiator is a clever solution for a kitchen where you want to make a feature of its space-saving design. It will work just as well in a galley-style kitchen, as it helps to maximise the floor area, giving the room a more spacious feel.
Where should I position a kitchen radiator?
The next decision to make is where it should be positioned So that you get even and consistent heat.
When choosing your radiator, check how much heat you’ll need by calculating the BTU requirement for the room. You can find BTU calculators online, or even download a handy app for your phone. If you don’t have time to measure, your plumber will be able to advise.
A common place for radiators to be positioned is under windows installing a radiator here can be a great opportunity to create a dining area or breakfast bar.
However you could have units under your windows, so you will need to find an alternative place for your radiator. This is where a vertical radiator would work well, or you could look at other heating options.
There are also a few places to avoid putting a radiator. For example, if you place a radiator and a fridge in close proximity, you can expect the fridge to work harder, use more energy and cost more money to use, in order for it to keep the contents cool.
Some of our favourites!
Zehnder and Bisque produce some very different looking radiators that move away from the traditional ladder radiators that we are used to seeing.
One important fact to remember is that chrome radiators do not give you the most heat. Stainless Steel gives the best heat output. Coloured radiators – including white – give a good output. Chome radiators give the least output
Warmth under foot – Underfloor Heating is your answer
If you are having a new floor as well as a kitchen, it is worth considering underfloor heating.
Underfloor heating comes in many guises but essentially it is a system that is put on the floor before tiling. It can also be used under vinyl and laminate but always check with your flooring supplier to ensure it is compatible.
Underfloor heating operates at a low temperature, heating the whole floor upwards without creating a stuffy atmosphere. A thermostatic control on the wall allows you to control and program the heating element.
Underfloor heating is great for a family home, as the warm floor is great for toddlers and babies. It also creates a safe environment with no low-level hot surfaces that come with radiators.
You can find lot’s more information here: WarmUp
Let’s not forget about plinth heaters
Plinth heaters are a great way to use dead space to add a bit of extra warmth. Most have an electric fan that will hum at a similar level to a fridge but won’t need to be kept on all the time. You can get electric versions, or heaters that tap into your central heating system and just use electricity to power the fan.
You’re unlikely to use this as your primary heating source. However, if a cold floor is an issue and you’re unable to install underfloor heating, it’s a neat and simple way to take the edge off.
And finally….Invest in an Aga
An iconic Aga cooker looks stunning and is a constant source of heat. However, make sure you do your research first to fully understand all the pros and cons. It’s an expensive item and the impact it will have on your home will be significant, so careful consideration should be taken before making the investment.
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