The kitchen is a unique area of the house and can be a tricky one to heat for a variety of reasons.
Each room in a property has its own function. The bedroom is for sleeping, the dining room is for dining, the bathroom is for bathing and the living room is for, well, living. Each room designated function will affect how often it is visited, whether the room has more than one person in it at a time and for how long people stay within it. That means that when it comes to places like the kitchen, you are already faced with many factors, all of which could influence the way you should heat the space. So, what could affect the heating of your kitchen and what are the best tips for heating it?
There is a lot of research out there into the sociological and anthropological implications of how we use our home. This includes how each room affects and is used by the family unit. This of course will influence the way you use your kitchen area.
Young people are embracing the industrial look
In the modern day, young people are becoming more and more attracted to the stripped back industrial look for their homes according to the kitchen trend report from Houzz in 2015. This means there are more airy and spacious kitchens and of course, more space to fill when thinking about heating it
Investing in a new kitchen has apparently been a real strain on bank in recent years. In studies, it seems that 91% of kitchen renovators have hired a professional to help them with a budget of around £25,000. With this sort of investment, it is then crucial to make sure that you are saving money on your heating bills.
It’s one of the most popular rooms in any home
According to studies, 60% of people spend over three hours a day in their kitchen, making it a social and lively part of the home. We are studying, entertaining guests and socialising in there, meaning there is already plenty of body warmth amongst the hubbub.
There’s plenty to consider when calculating your kitchens BTU and what sort of output you’ll need for your kitchen radiator. Here are some of the things you’ll need to consider when developing the heating for your kitchen.
The kitchen often leads to the garden
The kitchen is often found at the back of the house, where, if you’re lucky to have one, a garden is usually found. The kitchen is often the room which leads into this area and therefore in the winter months can lose a lot of heat from this door. Make sure any threats to lost heating through these spaces are nipped in the bud through proper window glazing or insulation.
Heating appliances in the kitchen
The stove, an Aga, even the kettle can add heat to a kitchen. These heating appliances will unintentionally add heat to your kitchen and therefore will lessen how often you will need to turn on your radiators.
The kitchen is not continuously inhabited
Despite it being one of the most popular hang outs, the kitchen is still not inhabited constantly. It’s a good idea therefore to not have it heated constantly, especially when in tandem with the point above.
How do you use it?
So how do you use your kitchen? When thinking about placing a radiator in there, work out who your installing it for and how many people will be using the space.
What do you need to fit in it?
The size of your radiator will be affected by how crowded the room is. How many appliances are there in there, and do you have an island in the middle. This line of questioning will have an influence on your kitchen aesthetics and whether you’re going to invest in a lavish stylish radiator or a subtle small one.
Ways to heat the kitchen
Before investing in a radiator, think about additions and alternatives to the radiator.
Underfloor heating is an ever-growing style, using radiator technology to add heat to your room from the bottom up. This saves space in your kitchen for more important appliances such as ovens and storage space.
A new addition to the kitchen heating world. This technology uses a grill in the bottom of your kitchen area which is connected to your central heating system to heat up your kitchen from the floor up. Heat rises, so this makes sense and again, saves space in your kitchen.
Smaller kitchens and the vertical radiator
Vertical radiators can help you to save space in the smaller kitchen spaces. This is due to their height and narrowness, saving more room for storage and appliance space. The room will also be heated quicker by these larger radiators and therefore save you money and time on how long you keep the heating on for.