Baby, it’s cold outside.
As the weather gets chillier in different parts of the world, various countries may have different strategies to keep warm depending on their geography or common trends. What keeps them similar is their concerted efforts to keep their loved ones nice and cozy, which goes similarly with ‘Prioritizing the Things That Matter Most This Holiday Season’. This also goes hand-in-hand with deliberately trying to save energy and cut down costs.
So, with that in mind, here are some smart ways various countries keep their homes warm and cozy during Christmas.
The long and cold winters that Canada is known for result in a lot of energy being used and the associated costs that come with heating millions of households. As such, many Canadians have devised ways to reduce their expenses and minimize their carbon footprints through devices like Programmable Thermostats. They not only save energy but also make the most out of the heating systems by automatically reducing usage when occupants are away or asleep. There are now even more updated Programmable Smart Thermostats which can be controlled through Wi-Fi and apps, as well as get to learn your temperature preferences.
Russia Beyond describes the cat-on-a-radiator as a common sight and a running joke among Russians once the colder weather rolls in. The standard centralized heating systems in most buildings in Russia come from pipes flowing with hot water, with the temperature being controlled from a neighborhood boiler station or power plant. They are responsible for supplying heat to cast-iron or aluminum radiators when temperatures fall below 8 degrees Celsius for five consecutive days. In most cases, especially in the larger cities, even the water temperature is adjusted depending on the current weather. Often, you cannot adjust the heating on your own due to regulations implemented by local authorities.
British residents usually use a combination or combi boilers to supply their heating and hot water. A combi boiler is much easier to install compared to a combination model and is much smaller, so Brits end up spending less on upfront costs, ultimately balancing out any of the important preventive measures they have to implement to ensure their combi boiler runs efficiently throughout the year. A run-down by HomeServe on how important gas, heating, and plumbing insurance is for UK homeowners puts a spotlight on how imperative round-the-clock coverage is, so if something goes wrong with the installation, homeowners can rest easy with the fact than an experienced engineer will always be on standby. Ensuring boiler and heating systems are covered is a wise move considering how frequently the appliances are in use during the freezing winter conditions.
Although most areas in Australia benefit from a mild climate, this doesn’t mean that staying warm isn’t an issue. Many Australian homes are designed to keep its inhabitants cool during warmer weather rather than the other way around. HuffPost Australia journalist Kirstie Fitzpatrick suggests putting a fan in front of your heater or fireplace to circulate warm airflow as hot air tends to rise. Chances are, many Australians already have fans which they use during the summer, so it’s definitely a cost-effective and innovative solution to help spread warmth around the home.