18th Dec 2014

Heating Your Home Through the Ages


These days, heating your home is as easy as flipping a switch. Whether operating on gas, oil, electricity, or renewable energy sources, these all offer effective solutions for ensuring you stay warm and comfortable.

Due to the simple nature of heating, it’s quite easy to take it all for granted. Therefore, we thought we’d present this interesting infographic to show your ancestors had it much tougher. You can view this below in it’s entirely or read the following summary:

How has heating changed throughout the ages?


Around 500,000 years ago, early man didn’t have much choice when it came to heat. Instead, they had a fire pit or early hearth which would have been the centerpiece of their abodes.


What have the Romans ever done for us? Underfloor heating. Known as hypocausts, hot air was filtered through these to ensure the homeowners stayed warm and comfortable.

Anglo Saxons

More harking back to the age of the caveman, 1,500 years ago the Anglo Saxons had fires in their homes but unfortunately this was before the age of the chimney. Consequently, their dwellings would have been very smoky indeed.

Heating in the Middle Ages

Something any Anglo Saxon would have been jealous of, those living in the Middle Ages had access to chimneys. No more smoke filled homes for these people!

Heating in the 1790s

Now we’re cooking. In 1793, William Strutt designed a mill with a central hot air furnace. As a result, he became the inventor of early central heating.

Heating in the 1880s

In 1885, we saw the first radiator. Invented by Franz San Galli – a Polish-born Russian business man – this would go on to be a staple of modern heating.

The electric blanket – 1912

In 1912, an American physician called Sidney I. Russell created the first electric blanket. Although this was used to help patients, now it keeps you warm at night.

Heating in the 1980s

Throughout the 1980s, central heating systems were equipped with thermostats – helping homeowners better regulate the temperatures within their properties.

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