ηλεκτρονική / Electronics in Cyprus



When I travel abroad, I'm always interested in how the area I'm traveling to uses power and electronics -- to include air conditioning (if they DO use it). Even passing through Switzerland was uncomfortable because many places where we went there didn't use A/C but we wish they had. Cyprus, a small island in the eastern part of the Mediterannean gets hot in the summer. Super hot. Like, above 100 degrees using A/C makes life tolerable in this heat. In fact, there's no way we would have traveled here with two kids for a summer of house sitting if A/C wasn't in their home.

What I love most about their A/C units is that there is a wall system in each room. This really connects to the eco-friendly part of me because whatever space you aren't using, you can turn it off using the remote control (upper left). Temps are in Celsius. Silly USA uses Fahrenheit but I don't honestly know who else uses it besides Americans. 

One thing about leaving the USA that I love is seeing how the rest of the world uses power and electronics -- to include air conditioning and heating (if they

The parts of houses with A/C units aren't like those tacky awful window units often seen in the States. These systems are in the wall so there isn't any reduced use of windows, any reduction of sunlight or any cumbersome annoyance that goes with a bulky air unit fixed into the window. These units are out of the way and awesome. 

Another thing that's awesome is the outlets. Each outlet you can turn on when using and turn off if it's not in use. The mom part of me LOVES that you can turn on and off the outlets near the ground. Granted, kids can turn the outlets on but the point is that you can add a layer of safety by turning them off. Power in Cyprus operates on 220v instead of our American 120 volts. So, electronics from the States work fine. But just imagine every power outlet in your house being as strong as your electric stove/oven in your house. LOL Seems silly in the States but it is normal here.


Another totally American thing is screens on windows. Why is that? Who doesn't want to keep out critters and bugs? Screens really should have taken over the world even before Facebook did. Just saying ...

Another awesome thing about Cyprus is that they have metal shutters that are a part of the window. You can close them to block out light and also keep the house cool. Its also a safety element as well that's pretty useful. I can imagine how useful this would be for people living in Florida (aaahhem. Florida, get your shit together and make it available at stores! I mean, we have hurricanes AND it's insanely hot. So, the metal plantain shutters sound good to me!)


The windows also have two locks and so do the doors. They open from either side so there isn't a sliding side and a permanent side. Super convenient. Even their patio door sides from both sides. I love this!


Anyway, that's the insight to a little island deep in the Mediterranean.



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