5 Things To Invest In When Moving To A Cold Country

White Christmas, Santas, puffy jackets, and hot chocolate. If you live in a place where snow does not exist, the thought of moving to a place where there’s one is anything but daunting. What could ever go wrong, right? 

So then here you are, daydreaming about what your new life would be. You probably have a vision that it would be similar to the ones you see in movies, touche? Apparently, there’s so much more than white Christmases, scarves, and boots. 

Funnily, people who live in low-temperature countries might say “it’s not too late to change your mind.” They surely will trade anything to live in a country where you’re saying goodbye to. Here’s the thing, snow and the cold can be hard. Especially for first-timers.

Don’t worry, we’re not trying to ruin your winter fantasies here. We’re here to help each other out. To avoid any winter blues and temperature shock, here are five things that you should invest in when moving to a cold country.

 

1. Heating system

You probably know how important a heating system is when you live in a low-temperature area. After all, this is one of the basic yet vital needs that people rely on. If you don’t have a good heating system, then might as well prepare to freeze to death. 

You might think that one heater is enough to get you by, but it’s best to reconsider that thought. Maybe if your place is as small as a 15sqm unit, that’s when a single yet efficient heater would work. But if your place would be bigger than that, it’s best to go for a centralised one.

Steam boilers will be one of your holy grails for days when the cold seems to never end. For someone who lives in a tropical country, the term steam boilers might seem too technical. After all, steam boilers are used in factories and machinery purposes as well if not for heating.

 

Choose one that you can maximise for a long time

To give you a brief, two of the most common boiler types that people choose is the fire-tube and water-tube boilers. Technically, a water-tube boiler is a type that can produce higher temperatures and is capable of higher pressures. 

A fire-tube boiler on the other hand is mostly preferred by homeowners for central heating purposes since it is more affordable than the water-tube boiler. Though they are described as ‘affordable,’ it’s still something that is on the ‘investment price’ rack. 

Shop around until you find a heating system that meets your budget and needs. Try to gauge its features and how much you’ll get to maximise those. Regardless, steam boilers are very efficient and cost-effective. 

It’s important to invest in a great and efficient steam boiler. A great one will be able to effectively disperse the right temperature that you need during winter. Plus, it will surely make your winter fantasies better in real life. With the right heat temperature, you’ll surely love and appreciate more the beauty of winter and snow.

 

2. Floor heater

During winter, it’s inevitable that you might find yourself having cold feet, literally. If you’ve noticed, in winter movies you see characters in their homes wearing socks on their carpeted homes. Carpets are great and comfy. But, beneath that is something cosier. The secret is a floor heater.

When the temperature hits a negative, it would be very helpful to have additional heat that you could rely on. Some houses have a built-in floor heater. If you’re lucky to move to a house that has one, congratulations! You surely were a saint in your past life if ever you also land a home with a fire-tube boiler or water-tube boiler for heating purposes.

If yours did not come with it, it’s okay. There are lots of options that you can do to make up for it. There are heated carpets that you can buy online or in furniture shops in your area. In the first few months, your chosen heating system might be enough to provide you with the right temperature you need. 

But, once you visit a place that has a floor heater, you might be surprised how much difference and comfort it brings. It’s okay if you don’t prioritise having one yet. It’s more important to invest in steam boilers or any other heating system you choose to.

Consider this as an additional tip that you might suddenly need once you start to have cold feet!

 

3. Home insulators

Another thing that you need to look out for is home insulators. Specifically, one for your walls. Homes and properties in cold countries are usually built and designed to combat the cold. But again, some might not meet your expectations and might interfere with the performance of your steam boiler or home heating system.

It’s important to keep in mind that one factor affects the other. When the time comes that you experience a negative temperature, your heating system might not be able to stabilise the heat if your walls aren’t insulated. 

Small details such as small holes in the wall can have a big impact especially when the temperature is really low. It’s a good thing to consider investing in wall insulation. There are a lot of options that you can choose from when choosing a wall insulator. 

There are foam insulations that you can spray on the wall and use if you have a thin wall or on wooden concretes. Some also use wall heaters that are mounted. If you’re unsure which ones to go for, it’s better to consult a home interior specialist and have your walls checked. 

Maybe they can recommend a better way on how to use foam insulator. Or maybe suggest that after filling your walls with foam insulation, you can have it covered with another layer of wallpaper as well for double protection.

 

4. Winter clothing

To all winter fashionistas out there, here’s your tip! You’ve probably seen photos online of people who had a vacation in a cold country. Have you noticed their cute wool jackets or their colourful scarves and beanies? Aren’t they wonderful?

When the temperature drops and the chill sets in, a trusty beanie becomes an essential accessory for men who want to stay warm and stylish. The world of best mens beanies offers a plethora of options, but the best ones are distinguished by their quality, comfort, and fashion-forward designs. The best men’s beanies are crafted from high-quality materials such as soft merino wool, cozy cashmere, or durable acrylic blends. These materials not only provide insulation but also ensure a comfortable fit that doesn’t irritate the skin. Whether you’re hitting the slopes, exploring the city, or just running errands, a well-made beanie will keep you snug and protected from the elements.

Winter clothing is nice and exciting. Especially if it’s your first time filling your wardrobe with winter clothes. Though we all want to look fashionable all the time, we can’t sacrifice our health over fashion.

If you’re already in the country that you’ve moved to, you’ll know what I mean. Over time, as you spend more days in the cold and the temperature gets lower, you’ll understand the importance of investing in a high-quality winter jacket.

I know it’s hard for some to give up all those cute, colourful jackets and coats that match the weather. But, here’s some tip. Go for a neutral tone parka or any colour that you can match with anything! Black, navy blue, white, brown, and creme are the way to go!

It might be a sucker that you can’t wear those coats, varsity and leather jackets that you’ve been reserving for winter. But, that’s okay! You can wear them once the temperature is not below zero anymore. 

Investing in parkas aren’t only great, but they also bring great comfort. Never hesitate to purchase a jacket that is water-resistant and will surely keep you warm from the snow. Don’t also forget ‘em boots! Go for ones that have rubber soles and are waterproof to keep you consistently warm when taking a walk outside.

 

5. First-aid kit and moisturisers

There are two reasons why you should invest in a first-aid kit especially when you live in a cold country. First, you’ll never know when you’ll catch a fever. Colds, coughs, and chills are prominent during this season, 

Second, oh you wouldn’t want to go out unexpectedly in the middle of the night or day just to buy medicine for your headache. Imagine, you’re already sick and yet you don’t have any choice but to go out in the negative temperature to buy your meds.

Always have the basic medications and pills that you need for every type of fever and flu. If you’re prone to colds and coughs, stock up your meds every month or two. Always keep a first-aid kit in your bag and car. 

Also, invest in a thermometer and oximeter. This will help you gauge your health vitals if ever you get sick. Never overlook the importance of preparing for your health. Know that your body will need some time to adjust and get used to the weather. Be nice to your health!

If you’re someone who used to get sunburns because you live in a tropical country, say goodbye to them, and say hello to frostbites. Of course, you wouldn’t want those. To avoid your skin from accumulating any frostbites, always moisturise. Moisturise your face, hands and ears. 

Frostbites are more painful than sunburns especially if you don’t take proper precautions to avoid them. Show your skin some love and moisturise it daily.

 

It will be tough, but preparation will surely get you ahead 

There are many other more tips and advice about things that you should invest in when moving to a cold country. But, these five will surely give you a good head start in battling the cold. After all, your number one enemy will be the cold weather.

But, there’s no doubt that you’ll soon surely come to love it. Good luck on your new journey and don’t miss out on all the cool and fun things that you can do in the cold. Soon enough, the cold will never bother you anyway! 

 

About the author: 

Bianca Banda is an ardent writer for Trilogy Boilers Australia, a veteran in specialized boiler and burner installations, servicing, engineering, industrial gas plumbing, and more. She is a massive lover of Japanese cuisine and enjoys binge-watching comedies or variety shows.

 

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