What kind of heater for the kitchen?

I am remodeling my kitchen and it is a full on gut.

  • I am getting brand new cabinets, countertops, appliances, new flooring laid, new lights and windows.

I have everything set up to buy and a spreadsheet of expenses. I am debating on one expense though, HVAC in the kitchen. Right now my living room has a gas fireplace that is supposed to warm the kitchen quite a distance away. It doesn’t really do the job. The kitchen is always freezing cold in the winter. I sometimes run a space heater for fear that my pipes will freeze. I know I need some kind of heating system. I have looked into heated flooring, a ventless heater and a ductless mini split. Heated flooring is non invasive, quiet and could do the job right. However, I don’t want to add height or weight to the floors. A ventless heater would work perfectly but it does take up space where another kitchen cabinet could go. I hate to give up space for an ugly heater. A mini split mounts on a wall and I could set it right next to my window. Nothing was going there anyway. Another pro to this device is it can also provide AC. Having a little cooling during the summertime would be really nice. I wouldn’t be afraid to run the oven or stove top. Right now I try to avoid it since I don’t want the heat lingering throughout my house. A mini split is quite expensive though. I would need to readjust my kitchen budget.

 

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