When my husband and I bought our house, it was heated with a wood-burning stove. My husband convinced me that this was an awesome feature, because it wouldn’t cost us anything to heat the house in the winter. He’d go out and chop down trees, split the wood, and provide a plentiful supply of firewood. I imagined the smells and sound of a crackling fire, and it sounded wonderfully romantic. Truthfully, it was an absolute nightmare, and I couldn’t wait to get rid of that wood-burning stove.
My husband quickly discovered that chopping down trees is a ton of work, and it was much easier to simply buy the firewood. I quickly discovered that hauling dirty firewood into the house creates a huge mess. The smell of smoke is not pleasant. Cleaning up ashes is not fun. Every now and then, the wood-burning stove would go out, and then the whole house would be freezing cold. Lighting the stove again was a huge pain, and the house took forever to warm up again.
When we finally got rid of the stove and invested in a forced air furnace, I was ecstatic. I didn’t care that it cost us a fortune, or that we had to cut holes in the walls and ceilings to install ductwork. I didn’t mind having a team of HVAC technicians in my house for several days while they completed the installation process. I was delighted to have a clean and effective source of heat that I now control from a thermostat. My furnace is quiet, maintains perfect temperature at all times, and doesn’t create a mess.