There's nothing like the crackle, warmth and glow from a real wood-burning fireplace. But for apartment dwellers without an existing fireplace, alternatives to the traditional chimney and flue are necessary. Ventless designs powered by eco-friendly biofuel are now available in modern materials and as ceiling-mount, wall-mount and floor standing units. Here are a few sleek designs that won't leave you feeling left out in the cold.
We finally figured out why the main floor of our house was a freezer while the top floor was hot as an oven and the basement felt like a sauna. It turns out two of the four vents were either closed or blocked off by stuff carelessly plopped over the vent by our tenants. We cleared it up and the main floor got warmer within a day. But try as we might to balance the temperature throughout the house, there are still some problem cold spots...
Winter is definitely here, as those in the Pacific Northwest can attest. We certainly know it the second we get out of the shower. We're putting a new space heater in our bathroom, workshop and office. Here are some of the slickest we've seen.
It's winter — that means you're probably piling on your blankets and turning up the thermostat. But if you're looking to reduce energy bills and heat specific areas of your home, consider a space heater. ConsumerSearch recently complied a great space heater report — here are their tips on how to select a space heater, and their top 4 picks:
The Italian design firm MCZ was recently awarded anIF Product Design Award for quality and innovation for its Toba Eco Stove. This design conscious ceramic pellet stove is made of 90% recyclable material and maintains a minimalist appeal thanks to its lack of front air jets and unique design. The Toba is equipped with a remote control for its thermostat, allowing you to set on and off times, so you can always come home to a warm house.
Colder temps means many of us are cranking up the heat, which in turn reduces interior humidity, causing dry skin and none too pleased nasal mucosa. Sure, you can always slather a little lotion on your skin or add some oil to your bath, but what about your nasal passages? That'd be uncomfortable to say the least. So in the name of avoiding cracked, bleeding skin we're bringing the humidity back with some home humidifiers. These beautiful devices come in all manner of size and style.
Hate the blowing in your face from standard forced air HVAC systems? Utility bill through the roof trying to heat your home this cold winter? Find out the benefits of radiant floor heating and how installing a system in your upcoming renovation can help save on energy costs and keep you more comfortable than traditional heating methods. Just say no to cold floor tiles in the bathroom or kitchen every morning!
While the proverbial "they" always say neccessity is the mother of invention, it's clear that laziness has inspired its share of innovations. If the idea of picking your butt of the sofa to turn the thermostat up (down?) a few degrees is too much to bear sometimes, you can now get your virtual personal assistant, Siri, to do it for you. All you need is a web-connected thermostat and some programming knowledge.