Posts made in May, 2011

The Fireplace Dilemma

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Featured, Heating | 4 comments

The Fireplace Dilemma

One of the things we love most about our house (and all old houses) is a cozy fire on a cold day.  Can we keep a fire in our ultra-efficient home?  It turns out the answer to that question is more complicated than we thought. One thing everyone knows is that fireplaces are essentially decorative, not reliable sources of heat for a home.  Fireplaces do produce a fair amount of radiant heat, which is why they’re so comfortable to sit in front of, but all of that smoky air going up the chimney has to be replaced by air coming from somewhere else in the house.  With an older home, that...

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