Well, Winter is well and truly on the way, It has got significantly colder over the last few days and our kitchen showroom in Meopham is surrounded by bare trees and piles of dead leaves. This time of year ways heating kitchens usually figure a bit higher in conversations with customers taking advantage of our design service.
There are a number of kitchen heating options.
How you choose to heat your kitchen will, to some extent, depend on how much you want to spend and the size of your room. For smaller kitchens and tight budgets then you may decide that a couple of plinth heaters will do the job for you. They are not the most energy efficient way to heat your kitchen but if you just want to take the chill out of the room first thing in the morning then they will do the job. Remember that the kitchen tends to be one of the warmer rooms in the house anyway because most of what you do in the room generates heat anyway.
Beyond plinth heaters then the kitchen heating options range from:
- Central heating with conventional radiators or perhaps designer rads that can be a focal point in your room. The biggest drawback with radiators is that you will have to sacrifice some storage room to accomodate them, the smaller the kitchen the bigger consideration this may be for you.
- More ambitious and a good deal more expensive is a range cooker than can also provide heating via radiators. there are a number of brands that manufacture this type of appliance, Rayburn and Heritage to name two, the specification can vary significantly and is usually driven by the type of fuel you choose to power the range and / or backboiler. you can use gas, electric, solid fuel or oil. the general concensus is that oil is the most energy efficient but you will need to research this well to enable you to make the right fuel choice for your own circumstances.
- Underfloor heating is a kitchen heating solution that is being taken up by an increasing number of consumers. The biggest obvious benefit is that there is no compromise in the design of the kitchen and no loss of storage space. There are 2 different types of underfloor heating available, wet – a series of hot water pipes run under the floor and powered by your boiler, or dry – electric mats installed beneath the flooring. We will go into a bit more detail regarding the electric version.
There are basically two sorts of electric underfloor heating.
The type of electric underfloor heating you install in your kitchen depends of what flooring you intend to use in the room. Ribbon underfloor heating can be used under any flooring surface and carbon film is used under engineered wood or laminate flooring. Both ribbon and carbon mats will need insulation, what kind is determined by your choice of flooring material.
Electric underfloor heating is cheaper and easier to install than the wet version of the same and can be used as the primary heating source in the kitchen so there will be no need for any other provision. Controlled by a thermostat and a timer it is a convenient and discreet solution to your kitchen heating needs. It does feel quite luxurious wandering around your home barefoot and enjoying the pleasant sensation of warm tiles whilst doing so. What was once only an option for the seriously wealthy is now affordable for most of us and underfloor heating installation can easliy be integrated into your kitchen makeover for a quite reasonable cost.
You can view our German range of kitchens here http://thekitchenlink.co.uk/german__kitchens.php and we provide a free design and quotation service for kitchens with or without underfloor heating.