Everyone likes different temperatures; some prefer cooler, and some like it warmer. However, specialists recommend certain temperatures for our homes. For example, they say that the ideal temperature for the living room is 68-73°F, 64-66°F for the kitchen, 63-68°F for the bedroom, 60-66°F for the bathroom, and 59-64°F for the hall.
We at Bright Side decided to check out the average temperatures in the homes of different countries during winter and whether they correspond to the recommendations given. Can you guess which country has the “hottest” homes?
Great Britain — 59°F
Tourists like to tell stories of icy cold homes in Great Britain, about their 2 sink faucets with separate cold and hot water, about hot stones under the bed linen to warm up the bed, and about a lot of other curious things!
In general, all of them are true because the British are not afraid of the cold and prefer to save money. Their homes are warmed with gas heaters, which work efficiently in order to pay lower utility bills. The average temperature in their living room is 59°F. In the bathroom, it’s 50°F.
France — 62°F
In France, as in the UK, most houses have their own central heating system. For those living in apartment blocks, when it becomes cold outside, the management turn on the heating for the entire building. This can be rather expensive.
Japan — 50°F
Despite quite cold winters with temperatures that can reach below 30°F, there is no central heating system in Japan. That is why, when cold times arrive, the Japanese take the following from their closets: air conditioners, radiators, oil heaters, electric carpets, electric blankets, and, more importantly, the kotatsu (a Japanese heated table). You can see here how a kotatsu works.
Spain — 64°F
They have central heating systems in Spain but not everywhere. Those who live in an apartment block can enjoy the warmth only between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (when people usually come back from work). For the rest of the time, they have to use electric radiators and heated tables.
Romania — 68°F
There is a central heating system in Romania which works on gas. However, due to numerous dangerous gas leaks in the ’90s, a lot of houses preferred to have their own boilers in the basement. As you can see, the boilers work quite well, providing very comfortable temperatures inside Romanian homes.
The Netherlands — 61°F
In the Netherlands, each apartment block has its own gas-fired boiler, providing heat to each unit. It’s up to you to choose when you would like to turn your radiator on. However, it is rather expensive. The average monthly bill for heating can be up to €200, and each shower will cost you 50 cents. That’s why the Dutch prefer to set quite cool temperatures, and they usually heat only their living room and kitchen.
USA — 68°F
In the USA (in their cold states, of course), they mostly use gas heating. The homeowner is responsible for it, and they turn it on when the majority of the residents demand it.
Igloo (Alaska, Chukotka) — 61°F
This snow house of the Inuit people can keep a temperature of up to 61°F, even if it’s −40°F outside. To keep the warmth inside, they put animal skins on the floor and walls. Should residents of Tokyo be jealous?
Czech Republic — 65°F
In the Czech Republic, there is a central water heating system. But the locals say that it’s rather weak. That’s why the Czechs prefer to install individual heat pumps or gas-fired boilers.
Germany — 63°F
The heating system of Germany is very much the same as the one in the Netherlands. The house’s boiler is usually located in the basement, and Germans carefully regulate the heating power so as not to spend too much money during the winter season.
Yurt (Kazakhstan, Mongolia) — 68°F
If a yurt is built in accordance with traditional rules and is heated properly, the temperatures inside can be easily kept between 68-73°F. Residents of Tokyo should sigh again here.
Hungary — 66°F
The heating system of Hungary works on gas. An average monthly heating bill for a 2-bedroom apartment is around €60. You can still find wood burning stoves in old houses.
Denmark — 65°F
There is a central heating system in Denmark, but it’s extremely expensive. It can be up to €4,000 a year. That’s why the Danish have fireplaces in their homes, and they use wood for this.
Italy — 63°F
The situation in Italy is similar to the one in Spain: the winters are warm, but it’s very cold inside the apartments as there is almost no central heating. These Southern Europeans use electric radiators and sleep in warm pajamas.
Russia — 77°F
It’s paradoxical, but the residents of the coldest country in the world are the biggest warmth lovers. When it is freezing cold outside, it is summer in Russian apartments, and they walk in T-shirts and shorts, making every foreigner jealous.
And what about your room temperatures? Do they correspond to specialists’ recommendations? Share in the comments below.
Preview photo credit japanology, Irina Chobotova / flickr