Understanding your kitchen and dining space is key to an efficiently heated home.
Whether you’ve just moved into a new property or you’re re configuring an old one, one of the most difficult spaces to heat is the kitchen. With a wide range of obstacles to overcome, the way you heat your kitchen will have not just an effect on your comfort warmth, but on the overall efficiency of your home. Whether heating a small or a large property, there are a wide range of factors for you to consider. Below are some of the main ones, alongside some of the best options for home heating.
So, why is it difficult to heat a kitchen?
Less wall space
First things first, the kitchen is an appliance heavy room. There are multiple functions for the kitchen space, whether that be a kitchen cum dining room or merely for storage and cooking. The range of appliances mean that a lot of wall space is already taken up and depending on the size of the room, can leave you with little space to add your radiator.
Unlike the bedroom and the living room, the kitchen is used at very specific times of the day, and not always for very long periods. This means that if you are using central heating in your kitchen, the warmth could be wasted on an unused room. The kitchen then has specific requirements and isn’t always the first room you think of when it comes to efficient heating.
Kitchen appliances let off heat
Kitchens come equipped with kettles, ovens and hobs, sometimes even a constantly running Aga. There are other optional kitchen utilities which give off heat too, and the more you have and the more often they’re used, the warmer your kitchen will be. This means that even when sued, the kitchen sometimes doesn’t need to be heated.
So, what are the options for kitchen heating?
Vertical towel radiators
When it comes to multifunctionality and space saving, the designer vertical radiator is often the go to for the kitchen. Even in a small space, the vertical radiator utilises its height over its width, and is just as efficient as its horizontal sibling. These often ladder designed radiators give ample space for warming towels and laundry, as well as a great place to fold washcloths and oven mitts.
Another space saving option for the kitchen is underfloor heating systems. Not only are these comforting and luxurious to use, but these systems take up absolutely no space a tall. Making the most of its low level heat and low positioned heating network, underfloor heating is unobtrusive and highly efficient.
Whether it’s for your UFH system or your designer radiator, going electric powered will mean there’s more control over when your kitchen is heated. As opposed to running with the rest of the central heating system in your home, an electric radiator allows you to turn on the heating in your kitchen as and when you choose.
Dual fuel radiators
If you require an extra level of versatility, say when there are longer periods of time when the kitchen is in use, such as when you’re hosting guests, you can switch your kitchen radiator to a dual fuel model. These allow you to jump in between electric power and central heating as and when you please, ensuring that your home remains versatile and efficient in its heating.