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How to Get It Right When Choosing Radiators for Your Kitchen

Believe it or not, kitchens are one of the most difficult rooms to get right when it comes to heating. There are several reasons for this. First, the room tends to be damper than other rooms because of the additional use of water (e.g. sinks, steam, washing machines, dishwashers, etc.). This means that they require more heat to stay dry. Secondly, they have secondary heat sources, such as the oven, the microwave, the hob, and the other appliances.


This can all lead to issues. For example, you might have the radiator on full blast while cooking. This will make the room too hot. To address this, you turn the radiator off, but if you're not cooking, then this will make the room cold.


Many of you might decide that the kitchen isn’t particularly important when it comes to heating because you spend little time inside. However, many other people use the kitchen as their “gathering room”. They like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.


Don’t worry. These issues can all be addressed with careful planning. Today, we are going to teach you how to do this.


Issues with Temperature Control

There are two solutions to the problems outlined above concerning the management of heat (i.e. making sure the room doesn’t become too hot or too cold):


  1. Install a thermostat in the kitchen: this way, the temperature of the room can be controlled by the thermostat. It will turn your central heating down once it reaches temperature so it doesn’t matter where the heat is coming from.


The only downside here is that it can affect the entire house. The temperature in the kitchen may be hot, so the thermostat tells your boiler to turn off, but this can leave other rooms in the house cold.



  1. Thermostatic radiator valves: these offer the perfect solution for your kitchen radiators. The thermostats will sense the temperature of the room, but rather than turning your central heating on or off, it will adjust the radiator instead.


It will close the radiator off as the room becomes too hot and it will open the radiator as the room becomes too cold.


Thermostatic radiator valves allow you to have complete control over the heat of the kitchen, without affecting the rest of the house.


Do You Need Towel Rungs?

A typical kitchen always has a dishtowel or two on the go. You might allow these to dry naturally, but this can lead to mould and mildew, and the towels will smell bad. To address this, you should choose a radiator that sports a towel rail so that you can dry your kitchen towels.


Kitchen radiators are unique because they need both a towel rail and a panel. To this end, you will need to buy specialist kitchen radiators that sport both the rail and the panel. You can find these with most good radiator retailers.


In conclusion, radiators in your kitchen work best when they sport a thermostatic radiator valve, a panel, and a towel rail.