Heating your kitchen
Practical heating options for your kitchen that don’t hurt its style
The kitchen is one of the rooms you probably spend the most time in, so it’s important to make sure it’s cosy and warm. Imagine, for example, the atmosphere a fireplace would introduce to your kitchen, especially during cold winter evenings. Though the addition of a fireplace is not always possible due to structural and cost-related restrictions, there are many other interesting options to choose from.
The most common and probably most cost-efficient way of heating a house is by using radiators. Currently, there is a wide variety of radiators in different sizes, shapes and colours available. Therefore, it’s increasingly easy to implement them into your kitchen’s design without harming the final effect. However, they will use up a wall space, so if your main goal is maximising working space, this may not be the best option for you.
If your dream is to achieve a country-style kitchen, you may want to consider getting a range cooker. This iconic item will not only act as both a cooker and a heater, but also ensure a stunning transformation of your kitchen. However, it’s advisable to carefully consider all costs and benefits, as purchasing one is quite a big investment. Some modern models allow you to regulate the temperature depending on the season, so there won’t be a problem with overheating during summer.
One of the most popular heating options is underfloor heating. It can get quite expensive but there is very little heat loss involved and it leaves the room space undisturbed. If chosen, this solution should be included early on during the planning process, as it may have an influence on the objects placed directly over it. There are two types of underfloor systems: wet and wire. Depending on which system you choose to implement, a different amount of floor alteration will be necessary.
It is another option helpful in saving wall space as plinth heaters are fitted beneath the cabinets and you can choose a model best suited to your needs. There are different options available whether you want a version that can be connected to central heating, or the electric one that will work separately.
Heated glass is a relatively new heating option on the market. It will need to cover at least 20% of the floor area of the room to guarantee proper heating, so it won’t be possible to implement it in every kitchen. Due to the novelty of this technology it’s quite costly but it can be a great investment, as it’s very energy-efficient and has the added bonus of stopping glass condensation. It is also a great solution for you if you’re prone to allergies.