How to keep your kitchen cool on a hot day

Here at Charter Walk Kitchen Living, we are really enjoying this glorious sunshine weather.  However, we know that the kitchen can become uncomfortably hot and sticky at this time of year, so here’s a few tips on keeping your kitchen cool.
 

 

Tips for keeping your kitchen cool and comfortable

Keeping your kitchen cool and the family comfortable during the hot summer weather can be a challenge with all the cooking we do. Traditional cooking using either the oven or hob can generate enough heat to raise the temperature in your kitchen area substantially. Here are a few ways to keep your kitchen cool.

1. Shun the range cooker and use a counter appliances

On hot days, plan meals that involve the use of various counter appliances such as microwaves, convection ovens, slowcookers, electric skillets, multi-cookers, roaster ovens, grills & griddles, Pannini or sandwich makers, which can either eliminate or reduce range oven use.

Cooking in a counter appliance not only saves energy compared to heating a larger oven, but they also add only minimal heat if any, to the surrounding area. This is a great opportunity to get those appliances out and make an old favorite or try something new. You can also cook part of your meal in the morning when your kitchen is cooler, and combine other ingredients later for a delicious meal.

 

2. Serve a cold buffet:

Who doesn’t love a buffet meal – especially when you’re offered multiple food choices and can load up on your favorites. A cold buffet is very refreshing on hot days and involves very little if any, cooking appliances. It’s a great opportunity to use time-saving kitchen tools such as food processors, food choppers, deli slicers, breadmakers and beautiful relish and veggie serving platters. Your family will love making their own cold plate from an assortment of salads, greens, vegetables and dips, pickles and relishes, assorted cold cuts and fresh bread.

 

3. Cook outdoors with a barbecue or grill:

Keep the heat out by doing all the cooking on an outdoor barbecue, grill or in a pizza oven. Nothing like a weeknight barbecue to jazz up a work night. Grills come on various sizes as well as fuel types, so you’ll easily find one that works for your outdoor space and meets your family’s needs.

4. Plan a picnic:

No balcony or outdoor patio? Turn your family dinner into a picnic. The whole family will enjoy a meal at a beach, park or in their favorite country setting. You can even enjoy a picnic in your own back garden. These informal meal settings build great family memories, improve moods and provide a welcome cooler environment to enjoy great meals. In fact, asking another family to join you just doubles the fun. You can combine barbecuing with cold plate or buffet items in your picnic meals.

5. Improve air circulation in the kitchen:

A little air movement helps to make a kitchen more comfortable. Buy a table or floor fan and strategically place it to move the air around in the dining or food prep areas. Another great option that circulates air but also adds a decor feature to the room is a ceiling fan. Consider the benefits of changing your kitchen ceiling light to a ceiling fan with lighting fixture, to improve air circulation and provide what feels like a cooling breeze on the skin. Enjoy a more comfy space and keep the cook cool and happy during meal preparation.

6.  Draw the blinds or curtains in the kitchen:

You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can drop the room temperature by ten degrees or more. No window dressings in your kitchen? Take your window measurements (minimum and maximum) and find something to keep the sun from shining through and heating up the space.

 

7. This is a great day to eat out, but plan ahead to get the best meal deal.

There’s always the option of eating out in an air conditioned restaurant, or country put garden – its always well received on a hot day! In fact, some people keep a hot weather fund just for this purpose.

 

How Charter Walk Kitchen Living can help

Here at Charter Walk we can help with keeping cool in your luxury kitchen too.  Our designers can help with planning your bespoke kitchen in the best possible way to make the most of door and window openings to maximise air flow.  Having plenty of space between your units or kitchen island not only gives a luxurious feel but also adds to the designer kitchen look. Why not plan a visit to our kitchen showroom in Godalming/Guildford or Haslemere in Surrey to take a look?

In addition to the tactics we outlined above, we’d also recommend plinth coolers.  These provide instant and effective, discreet cooling on demand. Cleverly hidden in the ‘kick space’ beneath kitchen units and fitted furniture, counters, stairwells and displays, these coolers are suitable for both domestic and commercial use. The slimline plinth cooler requires just 100mm height thus offering many installation options and some even feature an on-off foot operated switch, which saves you bending down.  These wonderful little units are often combined with a heating element too so they can keep you cosy in the winter as well keeping your kitchen cool.