Is a fireplace unit enough to provide comfort to your entire house?

Growing up, when I became a teenager, my parents started building their dream home.

They both had dreams and goals of how the result would be but basically, they had the same vision.

They were very excited about this project and so were we. We helped wherever we should as they also needed our input in the design of the house. I remember all of us opting to have a fireplace which we would light up during the winter and fall season rather than either burn s’mores or watch movies as a family. My parents intended for this to be our main HVAC system. It was not until we moved into our new home at the beginning of winter that we realized that this was not a sufficient HVAC unit for the entire home. The house would get very cold especially at night and to get warm we all had to sleep in the living room. Dad resolved to contact the heating dealer for a new dual fuel system which came equipped with an electric heat pump for the summers. This was the best unit in the market, assured our heating contractor. The new heating unit was installed by the local heating technician. The process took a few hours and the new unit did significantly help with indoor comfort. We could feel the heat even when in the bedrooms on the first floor. The home service experts illustrated how to operate the digital thermostat to set a moderate temperature while conserving energy. They also discussed the importance of heat pump service including frequently replacing the furnace filters and scheduling regular furnace/heater tune-ups to enhance the proper function of the furnace. The lesson of the day was that there are units specially designed to promote the comfort of the entire building.


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