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Well, all these sub-zero temperatures are making me plan our next step for the home's heating system. When we gutted the kitchen and dining room, I rpped out the forved air furnace ducts. The system had been installed in the 1940s, and was an absolute DISASTER. Besides, I hate forced air. It's dirty, drafty, and wasteful. Since then, we've been incorporating more energy-efficient means of heating the house, although the upstairs has baseboard heat for dire emergencies. I'm too afraid to use those things, the utility bills may bankrupt us.
I have to get a fireplace insert in the living room and then get another in our future family room that we'll be building sometime. I like the warmth of gas fireplaces but to be honest the gas scares me. And I'd rather be more self-sufficient. So I'm checking out pellet stoves and pellet stove inserts. These little things are amazing! Check out this cool infographic from Harman Pellet Stoves.
From what I've heard, the best pellets stoves are Harman stoves. I've done a little digging into the history of the company, it's very impressive. The first Harman stove was born out of the 1970's energy crisis, when skyrocketing energy costs made it nearly impossible to heat a house, and Jimmy Carter's sweater advice just wasn't going to cut it. When people heard about the new invention, they clamored for replicas. That's how the company got their start. I love entreprenuer stories like that! You can follow Harman Stoves on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest if you want to know more about them.
A Little Giveaway
I'm also honored to be giving away a really nice Harman journal-sized notebook and pen! The notebook is made from recycled materials and is very cute! Leave a comment saying what you like about Harman to enter the contest. I'll randomly pick a winner in a few days and email you if you are the winner.
So I'm not sure if we'll go for a pellet stove or an insert. I think an insert needs some kind of brick fireplace backing…. that would look beautiful in the family room but I'm not sure I want to go to that expense. A few of my pals have pellet stoves and this popular heating alternative works beautifully to heat the whole house during the winter. Sounds good to me. With the cost of energy going up again, it's time to start thinking not only about efficiency, but self-sufficiency.
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