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    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 15th Sep 17, 6:09 AM
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    Radiator question
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    Radiator question 15th Sep 17 at 6:09 AM
    I am having a kitchen/lounge/diner which will be about 30 square meters. There is not a lot of spare wall space. Would I need two radiators or would one be enough (obviously with correct output)? If I had one would it need to be in the middle or could it be up one end.
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    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 15th Sep 17, 7:51 AM
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    You'd need to look at the BTU rating and compare against your room size. Have you considered vertical radiators?
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    I haven't seen them for quite a while but you used to get kickspace heaters that would work of your central heating and have a fan assisted system to blow convected heat out. They would be fitted below kitchen units into the kickspace for space saving, there probably a fair bit more expensive than conventional rads.
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    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 15th Sep 17, 11:00 AM
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    I think they're called plinth heaters; they're definitely still around.
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    I had one and it worked very well in a small kitchen which was circa 25 square metres.
    One radiator would be more than enough for 30 square metres.
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    • By FreeBear 15th Sep 17, 11:46 AM
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    I think they're called plinth heaters; they're definitely still around.
    Originally posted by Grenage
    I have one of these in my kitchen - Considerably more expensive than a similar sized radiator (in terms of BTU), but so much neater. Having warm air wafting across the floor is worth it.

    You can also get space saving fan assisted radiators from the likes of Myson and Smiths. One example - http://www.myson.co.uk/products/lo_line_rc.htm
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    • By trailingspouse 15th Sep 17, 4:34 PM
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    How about a plinth heater in the kitchen end - I find them really useful when the kitchen is cold but then turn them off when the cooking is happening as it gets too hot with an oven and burners on.

    And then a radiator at the dining room/living room end. By the nature of things you will be sitting/not moving around at that end, and are therefore likely to feel colder.
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    • By bris 15th Sep 17, 6:45 PM
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    25 square meters is not a small kitchen, it's bloody huge.


    One radiator will not be sufficient to heat a 30 square meter space.
    • JuzaMum
    • By JuzaMum 16th Sep 17, 9:44 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:44 PM
    Thanks for the replies. Not sure about the plinth heaters. I will give them some thought. What I wonder is will the heat fill the room if there is one radiator at the lounge end of the room or do the radiators/heaters need to be more evenly spaced? One in the middle or one each end?

    Obviously the heat won't sit in a pile in front of the radiator
    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 16th Sep 17, 11:25 PM
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    A single radiator at one end will leave the room colder at the other end. A radiator at both ends will heat the room quicker and give a more even temperature along the length.

    Plinth heaters are nice as they blow the warm air out at a low level rather than relying on convection that you get with a normal radiator.
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    • By coffeehound 17th Sep 17, 8:54 AM
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    What I wonder is will the heat fill the room if there is one radiator at the lounge end of the room or do the radiators/heaters need to be more evenly spaced? One in the middle or one each end?
    Originally posted by JuzaMum
    It's difficult to advise based on just the floor area. Things like the shape of the area (is it square or long and narrow), construction of the walls and floors, ceiling height, insulation levels, draught-proofing, windows need to be taken into account.
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