Heating your kitchen is often the last thing on your mind when it comes to choosing radiators or heated towel rails for your home.
For a start, most kitchens are usually warm when we’re at home because we’re using them to cook in and with the oven on, the need for radiatorsis much diminished.
The residual heat from your cooker is often quite enough to heat the room, particularly if it’s not somewhere you spend a lot of time or if you’re only in there at a weekend, making a Sunday roast, for example.
But, unless you’re practising for the Great British Bake Off (and all the best of luck to you if you are) you aren’t always going to be cooking or baking, are you?
So when choosing a radiator for your kitchen there are a few different considerations that you’ll have to make.
– The space available to you
– What type of interior walls you have
– The required heat output
– Whether you’re a cook or a takeaway kind of person
Each of these things are very important to making the right kitchen heating choices.
For example, if you have limited wall space, but don’t do much cooking, your best option for heating the space is probably a large oversized vertical designer radiator.
If you’re a person that doesn’t do much home cooking, the chances are you won’t benefit from much residual heat from your stove.
Therefore, you’ll need to make up for the shortfall with a radiator or towel rail that kicks out a fair amount of heat.
With tall, slim-line vertical radiators you can save space without having to compromise on the heat output; helping you to minimise the impact the appliance has on your available space and still being sure to heat the room to a nice and cosy temperature.
You could even choose to install some SMART Heating Controls to get really connected to your home’s heating.
There are many types of this radiator available, from flat panelled designs to more tubular installations – both of which are perfectly suited to finishing your kitchen heating off in style.
When choosing a radiator such as this – one that is tall and often quite heavy – it’s also vital that you take into
consideration the type of walls you have.
If you’re lucky enough to have strong brick walls in your kitchen, then there is no danger of any radiator falling off the wall when you’re making a brew – provided of course that you use adequate fixings to put it there in the first place.
But if you have stud walls and plasterboard around your kitchen, then it may be a good idea to invest in a floor mounting kit to ensure the safety of the radiator.
Some come as a separate pair of feet that you simply rest the radiator on, whilst others are actually part of the radiator and do not detach.
An example of a floor mounting kit attached to a radiator can be seen here; it simply adds an extra bit of support to the radiator and also introduces a different style dimension too.
There a lot of different choices you can make when selecting the correct kitchen radiator, but it’s important to remember what the primary job of a radiator is – to heat your space.
It’s all well and good choosing a radiator that looks awesome – and that’s quite easy to do if you check out our collection – but if it doesn’t adequately heat your room, what really is the point of it being there?
I mean, if you aren’t really bothered about keeping the space warm, you can buy a nice piece of artwork (or maybe two) for around the same price as a designer radiator and put that there instead.
Without the required heat output, all you have is a relatively expensive box of metal that gets a little warm every now and then.
What you need to do, to ensure that you have the correct heat output requirements before parting with your cash, is to make use of a BTU Calculator.
Taking into consideration what is above, below and besides the room, what type of windows you have and the overall size and volume of the space, a BTU calculator will determine the level of heat that you require to leave your space toasty and warm.
To discover more about why BTUs are important and what they are, check out this video that explains it in a little more detail.
To find a range of kitchen heating solutions, radiators and so much more, why not pay a visit to Best Heating for all the very latest home heating styles and innovations?
Stay safe and happy heating!