Living up north and close to the arctic circle is a different way of life.
There are a lot of good reasons to have two different heating systems in your home. I have a gas furnace to keep my home warm. The gas furnace is about 8 years old, but it works very well. The gas furnace is hooked up to radiators in each one of the rooms. I never have a problem with the indoor temperatures, but the bill for the gas is always high. When my husband and I looked at houses, we knew it was important to both of us to have a fireplace. A fireplace is nice for a lot of different reasons. First, a fireplace provides an alternative heating source for the winter months. If we lose power, the gas furnace can’t run. If we run out of gas, we also have no heat. Neither one of these scenarios has ever occurred, but it’s nice to know we have a backup heating system just in case. My favorite reason to have the fireplace is simply due to the smell and sound of the fire. I love the way wood smells when it is burning in the fireplace. I also think it is very romantic. I love to cuddle up by the fireplace and watch a movie on television. It is a very romantic and cozy evening. We always keep plenty of wood cut and sitting on the front porch. We don’t have to walk far to fill the fireplace and that means the fire never burns out.