Warm up the kitchen this winter4 min read

The kitchen is one of the warmest rooms in the home due to the cooking that takes place within. Thinking about and incorporating an effective heating system for the cold winter months will make the hub of the home that extra bit cosier.

A radiator is the most common way of heating a room. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and colours, allowing them to be fitted into the smallest of spaces and ideally matching in with the kitchen design. Sleek, upright radiators are a great choice. They look the part and fit neatly onto a narrow section of a wall, blending in seamlessly and preventing obstruction of the walkway.

When it comes to choosing the perfect radiator for you and your needs, you do need to find out how much heat you will need to warm the room. Find the British Thermal Unit online and calculate the requirement for the room. This is important as you need to heat up the space correctly. Consider where the most amount of time is spent in the room. If your kitchen is an open-plan space, think about installing a radiator near to the seating area. It will keep you nice and toasty while socialising and entertaining with friends and family.

A plinth heater will keep your toes toasty this winter when making that morning brew. The kitchen floor can be often hard and cold, but with a plinth heater, we can say goodbye to our toes feeling cold, and hello to a warmed up space. They are also a great way to use dead space adding a little extra warmth to the hub of the home.

Underfloor heating is another great way to add warmth to your kitchen, it has many advantages with being invisible and a plus for smaller kitchens. It is becoming increasingly popular in the modern home today and is the most efficient way to heat up a room and of course the floor beneath your toes. It warms up the entire area from the ground up allowing the warm air to rise gradually, taking the chill off the cold floor. Having underfloor heating also reduces the number of radiators you will need and wall space is freed up for a more minimalistic approach.

It is suitable with most flooring types including ceramic tiles, wood and laminate, but it’s best to check before purchasing your new flooring. Solid wood is a definite no, however, engineered wood or materials with a good thermal conductor are a great alternative to allow the heat to flow.

There are two types of underfloor heating, Wet systems and Electric systems.

Wet systems run off the central heating being a more effective heating system that is efficient and a low running cost.

Electric systems are made of a thin mat that is laid onto the subfloor before the flooring is laid. This kind of system can be more expensive to run, but will certainly take the edge off a cold floor.

A range cooker will definitely heat up the room. It looks amazing and is a constant source of heat. The AGA is a great range cooker to purchase and many owners swear by them. They will fit into any kitchen design due to the different sizes and array of colours and styles.

Sunshine is a major factor in keeping the kitchen area warm through those winter months. We may think that winter is all about rain and gloomy days but it has been known that the sun likes to make an appearance from time to time. Sunlight is natural and generally makes us happy. If a kitchen lacks natural light it will not benefit the sun’s warmth. Introduce a roof lantern, internal windows or an external double-glazed door to bring the warm rays into your heart of the home.

Tackle the draughts within your home. You may have old beautiful windows that provide an amazing feature to the kitchen, but they may not offer great insulation. A door out into the garden has to fit perfectly and the quality is fit for purpose as it may affect the thermal properties. Draftproofing strips are a great solution to improve the seal, or you could replace the door.

Dress windows and doors with blinds and curtains to block draughts at night, and add a thermal lining to your windows and doors to enhance the insulation properties, providing you with a warm and cosy kitchen.

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