As hard as it is to believe, the weather is turning colder and soon winter will be here. It feels like we just got done with summer and now we have temps in the 30s and snow falling already. Where does the time go?!
With as quickly as the season is sneaking up on us, my husband and I have been discussing our options as to how we can better warm our house during the cold months. Last winter we had many problems with our furnace, and now...even with a new furnace, there are days when the temps are below 0º and our house is hard to keep warm.
We have a fireplace, which many people enjoy...however the smell of a burning fire tends to give me a headache pretty quickly. Not only that, but the way ours is set up, it's very accessible to our kids which makes this mama extremely nervous. I worry about them getting too close to the fire and getting hurt... so using the fireplace has proven to be more of a hassle than it's worth.
For this reason, we've started looking into gas fireplaces and gas fire inserts and recently got a quote for one. Not only would I not have to deal with the smell of smoke, but it would also be much more safe for our little ones. In my opinions, gas fires are ideal for families with young children especially, which is why we're leaning that way over our traditional fireplace. We spend most of our time in the room where our future gas fire will be, so I know it would help to keep that room, and the rest of our home toasty warm so we can be comfortable this winter.
Just thinking about having a better way to warm our home has me less anxious for winter this year. I know it will be an investment, but definitely worth I think.