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...

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...

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...

Better Outdoor Living: Nature, But Not TOO Close!

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The Problems of Outdoor Living When I was a kid, I really didn’t care about things like bug bites, or staying in the shade. I just wanted to be outside and having adventures. As I’ve gotten older though, I find myself less enthusiastic about getting eaten alive by bugs, or sunburn. It’s not that I don’t want to be outside per se, it’s just that I don’t want the outside to get...I dunno, too personal with me.See, I like being outside in summer (even if it can get miserably hot). I like the f...

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...

Top Three Reasons to Install an Awning

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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 ...