Traveling in the modern world has never been easier.
The emergence of sites such as Airbnb has resulted in more varied accommodation across the world, with people able to let out their homes, or even their annexes in some instances. Sometimes, thanks to the ease of use and the remote manner in which a booking is placed, you might never meet the person who rents you the room, house, or apartment.
The Express reported that even in post-Brexit vote Britain, Americans were making more visits across the Atlantic to the home of the Queen, to sample afternoon tea and fish and chips. Whilst language may not be too much of a barrier, the intricacies of your Airbnb accommodation might be.
Another aspect of the UK which some Americans might find unusual is the climate. It can be very cold over there, even in the summer, and you may need to heat your accommodation during your vacation. They use a distinctly different heating system to ours, which is where we come in. We have already helped you with the differences in cables over there in our article Best Cisco USB Console Cables in the UK, and we are here to be of service again. This time, we explain how your Airbnb heating system might work.
The UK favors a boiler system to heat their homes, although they come in a range of fuel types. The most popular is a gas boiler, which draws gas from a national supply and uses it to heat the home. If you try to strike up your Airbnb heating and find you cannot, the first port of call is the boiler. Most places will leave an explanation of how to fire up the boiler, so certainly refer to that. It is unlikely you will find a house with a basement, so look under the stairs or in cupboards in the kitchen or bathroom for the boiler.
Do be aware some boilers use a different fuel – in remote areas, there will be no gas supply so if you are exploring the rugged coastline of Northern Ireland or the stunning peaks of the Scottish Highlands, you will most likely have a boiler that is powered by an oil tank in the garden. In total, 1.6 million UK homes still use heating oil as their main method of heating, with benefits including price drops seen in 2020 and remote properties being able to have a constant supply. The tank is usually found around the outside of the property and is likely to be dark green in color. There should be a gauge on the outside of the tank showing you how much oil is contained within. These are basic checks you can conduct before contacting the landlord directly.
After the boiler, UK homes have radiators around the house. These are not uncommon in the United States, not in older homes, but in the UK it is the primary method of home heating. If you know the boiler is working, but a radiator is cold, then you can conduct a couple of tests. There are several reasons you may find a cold spot on your radiator in the UK. Most would be the responsibility of the person you have rented the property from, but as HomeServe’s post on cold radiators points out, there are some basic checks you can carry out prior to reporting the issue. Check all of the radiators in the property and note which are warm and which are cold, and if the whole appliance is cold or just part of it. This will help the owner diagnose and alleviate the problem quickly. Each problem manifests itself slightly differently; so one whole cold radiator is likely to be a different problem to three or four not working. This information will certainly help your landlord diagnose quicker, or dispense relevant advice for you to follow.
In a truly traditional UK cottage, you may even have to work at the heating – some places may run an open fire in one room, with what is referred to as a ‘back boiler’. It then takes the heat from the burning fire and heats water, which in turn heats radiators. The only aspect of this you can really affect is the building of the open fire, but in parts of the UK what could be more atmospheric? The howling of the wind, the driving rain, and a roaring fire to dry out in front of.
Remember, understanding the heating is all well and good, but you should not attempt any repairs or quick fixes without consulting the property owner. This guide is intended to give you the tool to assemble the correct and pertinent information when reporting any problem. The rest is up to the owner.