It’s a real challenge to settle on a single heating system today. It isn’t like it was back in the early 20th century, when there was really only three options. Back then, you could choose to have a furnace in your basement that operates on fuel like gas or wood. Another option of the time was the use of a cast-iron radiator, which would circulate boiling-hot water through pipes and emit heat as a byproduct. Finally, technophobes of the time period could choose to go without these “modern” heating systems, and stick with their tried and true fireplace. I can see why someone would choose a fireplace over these other heating systems, as there is no increase in energy consumption by lighting a wood log fire in the fireplace. Today, those same options still exist, but with several improvements! One can now buy an electric furnace, which uses electricity to power a heat generating system. Additionally, radiators have evolved into a system that hides in plain sight, and can be implemented in a home using heated flooring, ceiling panels and more! As for those who prefer the old-fashioned fireplace approach to heating their homes, one can use what’s known as a “ventless” fireplace, and utilizes a gas-lit flame to provide warmth. One should still have the air conditioning system set to circulate air, or at least leave a window cracked – otherwise, there’s a big risk for filling the house with dangerous gases. With so many options today, it’s hard to settle on a single heating system for my home!