Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Shop Local

I received this postcard today from Lightworks. I really like this local, vintage and reproduction lighting store in downtown Minneapolis. They don't have sales very often, so I thought I'd let you know...

4 comments:

Samantha said...

I live in Denver, and am looking to buy a home. The problem is, it has a gravity furnace. I am of the philosophy - if it ain't broke don't fix it...FOR NOW. This is my first home, and can not do expensive renovations right away. What are your thought on these types of furnaces? Also my real concern with the furnace, is cost of heating. Is your heating bill twice as much as other homes near you with forced air furnaces?

StuccoHouse said...

Samantha - I'm guessing you found my posts labeled gravity furnace. When I first bought my house my plan was to replace my furnace. I had an energy audit done & they worked out the payback period for a new furnace..and that was an eye opener. I love my gravity furnace. It is very quiet, no blown air, and it has been reliable (knock on wood). I do know that when/if it goes, it will go in spectacular fashion (probably in the middle of winter), so I have plans/research in place. I will keep it until then. My heating bills are higher than new furnaces. They aren't terrible and they certainly aren't double the cost of similar homes. I *have* spent a lot of time weatherproofing my house and that has made a significant difference in my winter (and summer) bills. You balance the cost of gas vs the cost to replace the furnace and abatement(and then replace it again every 10+ yrs). I'd encourage you to have an energy audit done and ask them to calculate the pay back period for you....and also what weatherproofing you can do to lower your costs. Weatherproofing (insulation, getting your windows properly fitting, caulking, repairing cracks in plaster, sealing baseboards/crowns, sealing exterior outlets)all can make a huge impact on how much you pay to heat & cool your house....and it's cheap & easy to do. People sometimes forget that and jump right to replacing the furnace. Just my 2 cents.

Give your furnace a winter or two...and then you can decide.

Heidi said...

Thanks for the tip on the sale. I've been looking for a chandelier for my dining room and Lightworks had a restored pan fixture that fit with the style of my 1904 Foursquare. I told them you sent me.

StuccoHouse said...

Heidi - I'm glad you found a light there! They are nice & knowledgeable folks.

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