All this dark, damp, dreary -and cold, very wet, weather has brought about a nagging reminder to me that we are gonna have to order some fuel oil for the old furnace here -very shortly!
I really dread the coming months with the cold, ice, snow, sleet -all that "wonderful" winter stuff - mainly because of the price of fuel oil these days. And with that, we try to keep this old barn of a house reasonably comfortable without breaking the bank in the process.
We have a fireplace in the living room that many, upon coming in here for the first time, have remarked about how nice it must be to have a fireplace to be able to sit and enjoy the nice cozy warmth from that entity.
Sadly, that is not the case with this particular fireplace though. As it is one that because when it was built, it wasn't set up properly, so hasn't been used since sometime in the 30s -before the family discovered it is virtually a mega fire hazard if it were to be used consistently. Sometime about the cinder box being seated directly on one of the main timbers of the house if I recall the story behind why the fireplace should never be utilized.
However, it does often make me wish we could perhaps get an electric fireplace to use to at least take a lot of the chill off the downstairs in this house during those cold winter months ahead.
But then, I wonder how much an electric fireplace would jack up our electric bill too?
Son of a gun, but you can't seem to win no how, no way, sometimes, can you?
Because our hot water is heated off the furnace, the system here runs year-round so no getting away from the oil heat completely. But, I am wondering too which is the more expensive overall -running the furnace to heat the entire house or maybe investing in one of these electric things to keep the house warm but not totally at the expense of those high oil bills.
Anyone got a clue about how feasible that would be for a supplemental type of heat, perhaps?
Tell me your experience with things like thiis -and hurry, before I go into frozen mode here for the next several months!