There's a radiator in our kitchen. It's never been switched on in 11 years
here. There was a radiator in our previous kitchen, too. That went 8 years
without being switched on. Why on earth do people want heating in kitchens?
"The road to Paradise is through Intercourse."
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Basically, I don't like being cold when I'm in the house. I don't suddenly
like being in the frozen antartic wastes just because I feel like starting
dinner, or doing the washing.
It does seem pretty normal for UK kitchens to have a complete lack, or, at
least, completely undersized provision. Perhaps it comes from a time when
everyone had a fire or range in there, or at least a 50% efficient dinosaur
Well it was in mine. Perhaps your kitchen gets heated from surrounding
rooms, or has decent insulation. My kitchen has solid brick walls festooned
with single glazed windows and doors on two exterior walls. The other long
wall is connected to a simiarly cold party wall to the kitchen and outside
lavatory next door. The only connection with the rest of my house is a short
2m long connection with the back room, which warms up very quickly, being
snuggled up between two warm party walls. It isn't practical to insulate.
I want heating in my kitchen because without it, the kitchen gets cold
very quickly through the window being open for ventilation (and
condensation prevention) most of the time. My kitchen has a doorway
into both the hall AND the livingroom, and the hall is by far the
coldest room in the house, and yet the one with the thermostat in. If I
didn't heat the kitchen then I have cold drafts from the difference in
temperatures, and unlike my forays into the hall (which are brief) I
spend a fair bit longer in the kitchen.
I don't cook all day every day, so there's not enough heat provided from
oven and hob. The boiler isn't located in the kitchen, so there's no
heat provided from that.
Ergo, I need the radiator in the kitchen to be on.
Just because YOU haven't deemed it necessary to have heating in your
kitchen (perhaps you have a boiler in there?) in your last two houses
doesn't mean everyone else's kitchen environment makes heating from a
Same here! In my case it's mostly down to convection currents up and down the
stairs. Have you tried keeping all the upstairs doors closed? It makes a
helluva difference. Getting teenagers to shut them is the problem though, and
now very time I moan about finding them open I'm told I'm becoming a bl**dy
paranoid anorak about the things! I'm thinking of fitting heavy duty door
closers, or maybe even automatic sliding doors.
I don't understand it either. The radiator in our kitchen is set to the
same TRV setting as many others in the house but it hardly ever comes
on. All the various appliances in there plus the heat from the boiler
itself do a grand job of keeping the kitchen warm enough on their own,
it's not really a room we need to heat!
In my case, the only items on consistently are the fridge freezer and the
clock on the microwave. Coupled with this, it is the leakiest room in the
house when it comes to u values.
Without the heating on, it does improve when the washing machine, tumble
dryer and dishwasher are all on simultaneously, but only for an hour or two.
When they're off, it used to be the coldest room in the house by a long
shot. During the cold weather recently, it was typically 12C, when the back
room was 21C.
I don't know how much bran is in Special K but when I last read
the labels it has more exactly the same calories as ordinary Corn
Flakes. You lose weight because of the black coffee and skimmed
milk that go with your weight reducing Special K breakfast, not
the cereal itself. Another triumph of marketing.
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