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Heating our Homes

By Shira Yehudit Djlilmand

Finding shelter from the elements has always been one of the top priorities for mankind. How did people heat their homes throughout history and across the globe?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

person setting heating systemFrom Camels to Coal

How people heat their homes, whether in the past or in different parts of the world, depends on many things. Number one is what kind of fuel is available — for example, where there are lots of trees, wood is a good choice, whereas the only fuel for nomads in the desert is the dung of camels. Cost is also a big factor in how people heat their homes — oil-fired central heating is nice but it’s expensive, so a family on a budget might choose cheaper gas fires instead. And technology makes a big difference too — the huge advances in science mean that today, instead of lighting a simple wood fire as our ancestors did, we can choose all kinds of interesting ways to heat our homes. 

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