Air conditioning is needed in the summertime though, as a fire can only do so much to keep you comfortable.
There are few things as cozy as reading a good book by a fire. The warmth of the fire combined with the comfort of a great story is a winning combination that can transport you to another world. As you settle into your comfortable spot, whether it be a couch, armchair or even just a rug on the floor, you can feel the warmth of the fire on your skin. The sound of the wood crackling and the flickering light create a sense of calm and relaxation that makes it easier to lose yourself in the pages of a book. Heating the home with a fireplace is a natural way to keep warm, as opposed to a central HVAC system, which can use a lot of power to heat a home. A fire is both meditative and calming and it is one of the oldest tools known to man, along with being one of the four elements in nature. Air conditioning is needed in the summertime though, as a fire can only do so much to keep you comfortable. There is also a lot of work involved with keeping a fire going as some of you with fireplaces may know. Turning a smart thermostat to the desired temperature is a lot easier than keeping a fire stoked with wood constantly. But there are a lot of benefits to chopping wood and making fires, some of them being good health and good exercise. Some people though prefer the luxury of an electric or gas furnaces instead of burning wood in a fireplace.