The radiator in your kitchen is unlike any other radiator in the home because there are special concerns, such as the room already having a source of heat from the oven and the hob. For this reason, there are specific concerns when buying such a radiator.
In this article, we have provided you with 4 tips that will help you to make the right choice when buying a radiator for your kitchen.
Tip 1: Getting the BTU Right
One of the hardest things to get right about the kitchen radiator is the amount of heat the radiator needs to produce. As mentioned in the introduction, this is because most kitchens have multiple heat sources, e.g. oven, hob, and even the freezer (the electrics can get hot at the back).
For this reason, when you use a BTU calculator, you need to be able to tell it that you’re choosing a radiator for the kitchen, rather than any other room in the house. This way it can take account of the extra heat sources in the room and ensure that you don’t buy a radiator that has two high capacity for the space. Otherwise, you’ll just end up wasting energy and the radiator will be larger so you will also waste space.
So, make sure you use a BTU calculator that allows you to specify that you are buying kitchen radiators.
Tip 2: consider whether you need a place to dry your tea towels
Just as a bathroom often has a towel rail for the towels, you can also buy kitchen radiators that have rails for your tea cloth. This good little practical quirk can improve the way that you manage your kitchen. If you’re anything like me, and you like cooking and enjoy a good space in your kitchen, then this is a great bonus.
Tip 3: consider the size of the radiator
Kitchens in the UK are generally very small. This means that a radiator can seem to take up a lot of space and you might not have sufficient wall space for a radiator over a particular size. For this reason, you should consider looking at the compact radiator ranges because they often have very compact radiators the pack a good punch in terms of heat output.
Tip 4: consider buying thermostatic radiator valves
As we have mentioned several times, kitchen radiators require different heat output compared to the other radiators in your home. One way of controlling the individual temperature of a radiator is to install a thermostatic radiator valve.
This allows you to set the temperature for the individual radiator, rather than relying on the general thermostat. It gives you much greater control over the heat capacity of individual radiators and is a good idea for use in the kitchen. It means that you can adjust the temperature on a radiator when your busy cooking.