A History of Central Heating

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history of heatingImportance of Central Heating

Central heating has not just improved comfort, it has genuinely saved lives. Mortality rates in Britain used to rocket during cold weather, as the sick and elderly became more susceptible to disease in the plummeting temperatures. Effective household heating has ended reliance on the fickle warmth offered by an open fire and helped keep temperatures secure.

Without central heating modern houses would look very different. Spacious open plan flats and houses are only possible because central heating and radiators can keep them warm. Take that away and architecture would return to the cramped rooms of the 19th century to minimize heat loss.

Additionally, significant social changes have stemmed from the progression of central heating. Warm houses allowed people to stay up later rather than mirroring the sun, allowing people to read or socialize with friends. Bedrooms became a place to relax as well as sleep in, providing personal space outside the family living room.

Central heating has played a role in changing fashions as well, allowing people to dress stylishly rather than solely for warmth. A readily available supply of hot water was also crucial in changing the hygiene habits of the 19th century, allowing comfortable bathing all year round.

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