We have a really big great room in our house and it’s almost three stories high.
There’s a big open loft along with a wood burning fireplace and chimney made out of river stone.
It’s a beautiful room but we have a terrible time trying to keep the temperature comfortable there. The indoor air quality is okay there, but the heating and the cooling tend to escape the room on a very rapid basis. In the winter, I think it’s probably the worst time to be in that room because the place is freezing cold. Even when we have the central heating system running in the house and a nice big fire built in the fireplace, the great room is still always about ten degrees colder than the rest of the house. That’s a huge difference! Plus, I think all of the windows tend to make it feel colder in the room, too. I have often thought about just buying a couple of little electric space heaters to put into the great room to help keep the temperature warm enough for us to stand during the winter. But when you have a really nice, fancy, well decorated room like our great room is, you really hate to mess with the whole aesthetic of the place by putting a couple of ugly electric space heaters here and there around the space. That’s why I’ve been talking to one of our local heating and cooling companies. We actually have a guy coming out next week to give us some ideas on what we might be able to do to help with heating the great room more efficiently and economically.