Staying Cool with Low Cost Cooling

I hate this kind of weather. A friend of mine believes it’s because I was born in the fall. Apparently, people tend to favor the time of year they were born in. I honestlyjust think she’s nuts, because what is there to like about the summer?It’s hot and it’s humid. There’s also this giant yellow ball of fire in the sky that is intent on burning my pasty skin. Everything smells like sunscreen and sweat, and the whole world feels like it’s fit to melt.Then there are the AC costs. Becau...
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Awnings to the Rescue!

Memorial Day Washout Another Memorial Day weekend, and another family BBQ! Or is it? The weather this year is hardly inspiring anyone to get out their grills – at least not without a wet-suit. If anything, it looks like this Memorial Day is going to be a washout.Which is kind of annoying! Because normally, this is the weekend that kind of marks the beginning of summer. It’s when we can usually expect the weather to be reasonable for outdoor activities. Yet here we are with darkened skies, b...
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Wood Stoves vs Pellet Stoves II

Team Pellet Stove Edition In last month’s blog about wood stoves versus pellet stoves, I took a look at all the ways in which I think wood stoves rock. My opinion hasn’t changed on that. I’m still a fan of my wood stove – especially with that colder weather moving in. There’s just something about the warmth and ambiance from a wood stove that I don't get from pellet stoves. I would even go so far as to say that for me, the holidays don’t feel like the holidays without it.But while I could g...
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Battlefield Hearth Wins Best of Gettysburg Award!!!

We have a lot to be proud of at Battlefield Hearth & Solar, but it’s always nice to have that acknowledged by third parties. So imagine how happy we were to receive word that we’d been selected as winners of the 2017 Best Fireplace and Stove Shop of Gettysburg Award!Unlike other business awards, the Best of Gettysburg Award Program doesn’t rely on nominations, voting, surveys, or contests. Instead, the program uses empirical data supplied by independent third parties to make this selecti...
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Wood Stoves vs Pellet Stoves I

Wood Stoves Vs Pellet Stoves As the author of this blog, I often get asked my opinion about which kind of stove I prefer: wood stoves, or pellet stoves. When asked, my usual response is that the preferred stove is whichever works for your lifestyle and family - there is no correct answer here. It can be hard to weigh the pros and cons of each type of stove, and each type of stove has its die-hard fans. For example, my inlaws in NH absolutely adore their pellet stoves. I’m not even joking here, ...
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Chimney Maintenance – A Necessary Task

When you think of winterizing your home, you probably have a checklist of products to be bought and chores to be carried out. But how many of you remember things like window insulation kits and weather stripping but forget to check your chimneys?Chimneys are so mundane and ubiquitous, they’re literally up and out of the way, and so it is easy to forget they’re even there. But there are several very good reasons why you should not neglect this task, and why this is the perfect time to do it. ...
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Natural Ways To Keep Your Home Cooler For Less!

It’s that time of year again. Temperatures rise and electricity bills rise with them as we all try to keep our homes cool and comfortable. But what if I were to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way? That there are other ways of keeping your home cool that yes, do require some initial investment on your part, but will make all the difference when those A/C bills come in. Close Your Curtains! Closing your curtains or blinds may seem counterintuitive on a stiflingly hot day but the unfort...
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Top Three Reasons to Install an Awning

Awnings - 19th century storefronts
The Humble Awning - An Unsung Hero of Outdoor LivingThe humble awning has a surprisingly long history. From the woven mat awnings that shaded the marketplaces of Ancient Egypt and Syria, to the ubiquitous awnings of 19th century storefronts, awnings have always been popular.There are multiple reasons for this popularity. However, I am going to give you my top three reasons for why everyone should consider installing an awning at their home or business. Shelter The first reason is a ...
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