Warm up the Kitchen this Winter

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It’s September. The children have gone back to school, the days are getting shorter, and it’s getting colder. Winter is coming! As the temperatures drop, it’s time to turn the lights on, draw the curtains and heat the old boiler up! It’s cosy in the living room, it’s snug in the bedroom, but, frequently, the kitchen is the coldest room in the house. Hands up, who wants a warmer home and kitchen this winter?

Warm up the Kitchen this Winter

We understand that the kitchen is the hub of any home. In today’s kitchen, we don’t just cook; we eat, we chat, we work, we watch TV, and we entertain. As one of the most frequented rooms in the house, shouldn’t we be giving a little more attention to the kitchen? We’re here with a few ideas to brighten it up, help combat the cold and in the coming months, and give you a kitchen you’ll be proud to prepare your Christmas dinner in.

Update Your old Boiler

Heating the house starts with the boiler. With the first cold spell, boilers up and down the country are firing up for the first time in months, only then will it become clear what condition your boiler is in. If you didn’t get a summer service for your boiler, it’s not too late to double check that your boiler is capable of keeping you, and your kitchen, warm throughout the winter. Updating your old boiler will not only improve efficiency but having a new one installed could give you the chance to relocate it, and free up more space in the kitchen for cupboards and storage.

If you do experience difficulties with your old boiler, do not hesitate to get in touch with us and one of our Gas Safe qualified engineers can take a look at it.

Do I need Underfloor Heating?

Having a plush carpet between your toes is a lovely feeling, but it’s just not practical in the kitchen. Stepping into the kitchen first thing in the morning to make the tea, only to chill your feet on the floor tiles is not the best start to a winter’s day. Having a hard floor in the kitchen is great for cleaning up spillages but not for feeling warm. So, how about underfloor heating?

There are two types of underfloor heating systems: Electric and Wet. An electric system is a network of wire elements on a mesh that is installed below the flooring or existing wet system. A wet system is made up of a series of water pipes beneath the flooring. Wet systems are more complex and require more work than electric and are only recommended for new builds and extensions or large renovation projects.

The ultimate benefit of underfloor heating is that it removes the need to have a radiator on the wall. Space-saving and feet-warming, underfloor heating works well with most types of hard flooring, e.g. wood, stone, tile, and vinyl.

Warm Colours in the Kitchen

Warm colours have emotive qualities that make you feel cosy and at home. Combine warm shades to create a welcoming feel in your kitchen. Using our Pinterest page, we have collated some warm colour scheme ideas from some beautiful kitchens to inspire you.

For those interested in more design details, we offer our customers a professional, end-to-end design & interior consultancy service.

App-controlled Heating

Finally, in this mobile-first world we live in, consider installing an app-controlled heating system such as Hive, or Nest. This will allow you to have hands-on control of your heating. So, when you’re heading home from work, you can kick-start your boiler remotely, and have the house warm for your return.

At John O’Connell, we can supply and install any brand of kitchen. Our turnkey service includes plumbing, plastering, tiling, and electrics. In other words, we take care of everything for you. If you want your kitchen to be warmer this winter, then let us help you find the best heating solution for your home by getting in touch, calling 01206 396667, or emailing enquiries@jdoconnell.co.uk.

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