Thursday, 19 September 2013
There was a discussion on the morning news programme yesterday about switching on the central heating. The views varied from "we never switch the central heating on before the 1 December and then we might consider it" to "if I'm cold I put the heating on regardless". Quite a few people said that if it got cold the simple and sensible thing to do was to put more clothes on. My time spent in New Zealand has made me realise how places differ. In NZ it is - or has been until recently - the norm to dress according to the weather and central heating is - or was - not the norm although heat pumps (ie air conditioning) are becoming the norm these days.
People differ too. CJ's and my mother felt the cold very much indeed and always had the living room at a temperature the rest of us could barely tolerate. Our father on the other hand couldn't stand the heat and seemed totally immune to the cold. Now as we are older CJ has taken after Dad and I've taken after Mum.
Whatever the time of year it is I keep my house above 20℃ and preferably nearer 23℃. If that means heating the house using the central heating then so be it. Fortunately my house is very well insulated (apart from the conservatories which are largely doubled glazed and plastic) and heat loss is relatively low.
So today, when we have just endured almost a week of cold and windy weather, I am thankful, in fact I am more than thankful, for the fact that I am able to heat my house and be comfortable. I am more and more conscious of how fortunate it is to have the luxury of warmth.