I have no system how the previous owners of this home got by with only a fireplace in the winter.
- It drops below freezing at night all Winter time long.
It is tplot that the fireplace does warm this entire home up nicely. However, keeping it warm means getting up at night to add wood to the fireplace. It also means grate cleanings & wood chopping. To keep the home warm all winter, with only a fireplace, is going to take a lot of work. I am not undoubtedly the wood chopping type. That is why I have been looking into alternative heating options. I was thinking of getting a new heating equipment installed. I have regularly wanted underfloor heating & that didn’t sound like a bad idea. The only issue is that I would need to find space for a boiler. That is, unless I decided to go with electric underfloor heating. Another heating option I have been considering is simply converting the fireplace into a gas fireplace. It would still heat the home just fantastic although I wouldn’t have to worry about chopping wood or anything like that. Additionally, gas fireplaces can be hooked up to a thermostat. The thermostat controls the gas output & keeps the new home comfortable without getting too hot. I like that option. It would make use of the existing fireplace while making life easy for me. I still like the system of radiant floors though too. I just can’t decide. I might end up getting both. After all, converting the fireplace to a gas fireplace is not going to be super fancy, however getting radiant floors will be a bit upscale. But, after all, this is our new home now & I should be comfortable in it.