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I believe, I have a fairly common question regarding heating in the northern/middle Mediterranean part of Spain - Catalonia, Balearics, Valencia maybe.

One of the reasons for the planned move is a better climate, however, there is an unexpected paradox.

How do you survive in winter? What is the temperature in your living rooms / sleeping rooms?

Are there areas with central heating appartments in the Mediterranean part of Spain or not at all? Maybe, local heating for the whole one apartment block with a gas possible? Or any other option?

What is meant by "сalefacción" in the Spanish real estate ads? Normal heating system in the European sense of it or something else?

I think, heating via air conditioning system is not very pleasant and quite expensive as consumes too much electricity. But I am used to a comfortable temperature at home without need to sleep under 3 blankets :)).
Any way to achieve it without building own house from the scratch? :)

Thanks!
 

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Down in the southern Spain we are about 15k inland and when we are there in the winter we just use a gas fire for early mornings and of an evening we use the wood burner. We also either put the electric blankets on for an hour before bed or use a hot water bottle. The temp rarely goes below 10c anyway but warms up once the sun is above the mountains.
 

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The winters in Spain were horrendous. I think a lot of the problem is that everyone (including me) assume that Spain is hot! And while it doesnt generally get as cold as the UK, the houses are built for hot weather - lots of cool tiles, no insulation, no central heating, no mains gas (I think the last two things are around, but rare).

Anyway, what we did in the winters was simply have a calor gas fire and a couple of electric radiators and keep one room warm. Rugs on the floors help and of course lots of warm clothing. Its not uncommon for it to be warmer outside than in during the days, but once the sun goes down.........bbbbbrrrrrrrrrr

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Hey Expatforum

I believe, I have a fairly common question regarding heating in the northern/middle Mediterranean part of Spain - Catalonia, Balearics, Valencia maybe.

One of the reasons for the planned move is a better climate, however, there is an unexpected paradox.

How do you survive in winter? What is the temperature in your living rooms / sleeping rooms?

Are there areas with central heating appartments in the Mediterranean part of Spain or not at all? Maybe, local heating for the whole one apartment block with a gas possible? Or any other option?

What is meant by "сalefacción" in the Spanish real estate ads? Normal heating system in the European sense of it or something else?

I think, heating via air conditioning system is not very pleasant and quite expensive as consumes too much electricity. But I am used to a comfortable temperature at home without need to sleep under 3 blankets :)).
Any way to achieve it without building own house from the scratch? :)

Thanks!
"сalefacción" just means heating of some kind, but central after the word means Central Heating.

We have that here & it is not cheap to run as red diesel is twice the price it is is the UK, they can of course by gas fired but that is also expensive.
If it gets really cold that is what we use, but bye & large the cheapest option for us is to pop the air-con on for instant heat.

Lots of improvments see each year getting better as we change this & that to better insulate the place.
Urban myth says Spanish houses are built for the summer sun (sorry Jo) That is not the case of course as a well built & insulated property will keep the heat out & keep it in when needed.

"My house walls are at least a metre thick & its really cool in the summer"
Yes that will be the case at midday as they have spent All Night giving off the heat that they absorbed during the day !
Yes of course the night indoors will be very warm !

Well placed good AA rated aircon units are the way to go & currently the cheapest form of heating, easy to install, instant heat, instant variable heat.

No I do not have any connection with anything aircon related. ;)
 

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Swerve, "hot water bottle" :eek: :eek:

jojo, this is what I am afraid of. I'm used to wear T-shirt at home all year round thanks to central heating :)

playamonte, thanks. So, do you want to say that aircon is eventually cheaper than gas/diesel heating via radiators? I've heard just the opposite because of the high prices for electricity..
 

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Swerve, "hot water bottle" :eek: :eek:

jojo, this is what I am afraid of. I'm used to wear T-shirt at home all year round thanks to central heating :)

playamonte, thanks. So, do you want to say that aircon is eventually cheaper than gas/diesel heating via radiators? I've heard just the opposite because of the high prices for electricity..
I've heard that the air con heating works out cheaper/the same because it actually heats the room up quicker, so doesnt need to be on for as long. We used to use it sparingly to heat up initially and then used ta calor gas fire. Yes, to the hot water bottle and no to the tee shirt in the winter. Warm wooley socks, think PJs and dressing gowns!!!!!

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My third winter in south Valencia is coming! Looking forward to it! Lots of sunshine during the day. It gets a bit cold at night times, but it all depends on what's your definition of 'cold'. For me, it is not cold at all. We don't need winter duvets, hats, gloves, thick coats, scarves, etc. Everything is still packed since we moved from England.

My room is usually 18 degrees at all times during the winter, which is the way I like it, I like a cold room when going to bed.

If it gets a bit cold, then we have a nice smooth blanket to cover our legs while watching telly.

This house is not prepared for winters but then again, here, the winter is like the summer in UK, lol! and it only lasts for a couple of months anyway.

Both my neighbours spent ££££ installing fireplaces, heating, etc, and now they moan that they only use it a couple of times a year, no worth the money or the hassle.

However, there is a big difference between the winters in (say) Barcelona and Valencia or Malaga. It is usually 'hotter' in Valencia/Alicante than it is in Malaga, both in summer and winter.
 

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You can always take a winter break in the sunny Canary Isles.

We have a radiator that hasn't been used for years. No rugs, no carpets, no wood burners needed in our house, I do have a pullover though.
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Is Malaga colder? Wow, it is much more to the south..
You can be in the Malaga area .......
On the coast it can be 18deg, drive for an hour towards Granada & it can be snowing !.
Alltitude will (and does) see some marked temp changes so it all depends on exactly where you are.

Most (bye & large) inland areas in Valencia will be cold after January as soon as they drop into shade, or the sun goes to bed.
Feb / March can see some real bad weather with heavy rain some years & for the "vast bulk" of people it will be cold in their houses.

Yes (IMO) aircon is cheaper that central.
 

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Yes, only last night we had a tropical night in Valencia, 20 degrees and today 28 degrees. Malaga last night was 16 and today was 22 degrees.

I am talking about Malaga city (coast) and Valencia city (coast). Inland areas in both regions can get very hot in summer or/and very cold in winter.

My sister lives only 40 mins inland from us and the weather there is so different to ours, it looks like she is in another country!
 

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I'm an hour-ish south of Valencia on the coast

my house is modern & has underfloor heating & piped gas from a tank which serves the urb

I hardly ever use it though - the costs are prohibitive & the vast majority of my neighbours don't use theirs either

during the coldest part of the year we will still get daytime temps of around 20º for part of the day - maybe a couple of hours - but it can drop to 2º at night!!

we wear extra layers of clothes - throws & blankets to snuggle under on the sofa

We already have the duvets on the beds - the temperature dropped to 15º last night :smow:


but we have 28º predicted for today!
 

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I'm from NE England so my idea of cold may be a bit different from others also sorry but women seem to feel the cold more than men lol.

Eeek eeeeek what is actually wrong in using a hot water bottle it's either that or be cold. If you don't fancy it the just freeze I'm easy.
 

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I'm from NE England so my idea of cold may be a bit different from others also sorry but women seem to feel the cold more than men lol.

Eeek eeeeek what is actually wrong in using a hot water bottle it's either that or be cold. If you don't fancy it the just freeze I'm easy.
We're all different and I am a cold morsel lol! I do think that heating houses in Spain is more reminiscent of how things used to be in the UK 50 years ago. Rather than a warm house, where every room is warm enough to wear a tee shirt, its more usual in Spain to heat just one room and to dress warmly. I have a friend who has a dedicated hotwater bottle and hoodie combo that she wears during the winter months!!!!


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I'm from NE England so my idea of cold may be a bit different from others also sorry but women seem to feel the cold more than men lol.

Eeek eeeeek what is actually wrong in using a hot water bottle it's either that or be cold. If you don't fancy it the just freeze I'm easy.
the thing is, you acclimatise fairly quickly

I can NEVER remember being cold indoors in the UK, carpets make such a difference - in fact when I visited my dad I felt too HOT in his house in the winter!!

our first winter here we couldn't understand what people were complaining about - the second, although we had, & used, the central heating, we all ended up sick with chest infections, because the house, like so very many, was horribly damp


now (our 11th winter here) we just put extra clothes on indoors, as I said - & head out to sit in the sun whenever possible


anything below 20º is decidedly chilly....
 

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Fine, now all clear. Either hot water bottles and blankets or paying a furtune for heating poorly insulated house.

Need to build own one :)
 
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