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JAMES AND MORRIS CAREYthe associated press

Question: We bought a 30-year-old home last August. After surviving one winter (barely), we need some advice. Our heating system consists of a standard fireplace and one gas wall heater located at the end of one hall. The house is approximately 1,100 square feet.Neither seem to keep our home comfortable independently or in combination with one another. The fireplace also tends to discolor the walls with smoke. We are both smokers and would like a recommendation for an air circulation system that might be compatible with a heating system. What type of heating system would you recommend considering these circumstances? – MargieAnswer: How do you folks feel about wool sweaters? Other than being a little itchy, the only real maintenance that you need to be concerned with is an occasional dry cleaning and a little mending now and then. And a sweater is energy efficient and repair parts are readily available. (Note: Some rhinestone buttons may be difficult to match.)If the sweater idea doesn’t appeal to you, we suggest that you consider a gas-fired forced air furnace. Unlike your current wall furnace, a forced air furnace will distribute the heated air to all areas of the home via a comprehensive network of ducting. Typically, the heating contractor will design and lay out the heating system so as to maximize the efficiency of the unit as it relates to the size of the home, the number of rooms, and the relative size of each room.An added bonus for you with this type of system would be the addition of an electronic air cleaning system which will remove dust and dirt particles from the air.


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