With Spring just about here now, you may be thinking about turning your heating back. But before you do, March and April can still be cold and frosty. It’s also a good idea to think ahead about your heating for the Autumn and Winter. This time of year might be a good idea to think about your central heating systems and get them checked over.
How you heat your home and your kitchen, whether it’s radiators, a cast-iron range that runs the central heating, or underfloor heating, your choice will have a huge impact not just on how you use your kitchen when it’s complete but how you design the room from its start.
The key to a heating system that works efficiently is are good central heating boilers. When you’re planning your kitchen design, it might be worth factoring in a new boiler rather than repairing it if yours is more than 15 years old as they’re not nearly as energy efficient as new models. Also, replacing a boiler could free up room for more cupboards or worktops and you’ll benefit from instant hot water if you opt for a condensing combi-boiler.
Choosing your type of heating
For many years, central heating systems running a series of radiators have been the heating of choice. Usually already in place, updating them from dated 1970s flat-panel models to one of the many stunning styles on offer from specialists and can completely change the look of a room. For contemporary schemes look at ladder-style vertical radiators in sleek white and steel finishes and for classic kitchens pick something a little more period.
If you’re particularly eco-minded, aluminium models are a good option, as they heat up and cool down much faster than traditional radiators, which will save both time and energy.
One thing you should do if considering radiators is ensuring you have just the right amount to heat the room. There are plenty of online calculators to help you do this.
2. Underfloor heating
A great option if your kitchen is being designed from the floor up; underfloor heating gives comfortable radiant heat and can deliver great savings too.
Depending on what type of heating you opt for, it can be used under most types of flooring,
One of the biggest benefits of underfloor heating is that you don’t have to give over valuable wall space to radiators, meaning you can often include more cabinets for additional space and bespoke storage solutions.
3. Cast-iron ranges
While an ‘always-on’ Aga is often the traditional choice in farmhouse designs, it will provide radiant heat to warm your kitchen on a winter’s morning but it can’t run a central heating system. If you want your heat-store range to do that, then opt for a Rayburn, which can often run up to 20 radiators.
What type of heating do you have in your home and kitchen?
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