I’ve been hunting for a new home very seriously lately, as my hubby and I are on the market for our first home purchase. I couldn’t be happier to look around at the numerous properties for sale across the city, and every time a new listing pops up, I’m on it. I’ve started to get a fairly good idea of the building styles and interior features of the homes in this area, and it’s pretty interesting to compare these houses to the ones back home. I come from the Northern Midwest region, where it is pretty much Winter all year round, and we hardly have any sort of summer before the weather flips right back to brutally cold temperatures and plenty of snowfall. That being said, you really don’t see many fireplaces up there. That might seem counterintuitive at first, however it’s actually quite practical. I can tell you from experience, if you are living through a familiar midwestern winter, you aren’t going to prefer a fireplace at all. There’s no way you can operate a little wood burning fireplace enough to heat your entire house; most of the time it just isn’t possible. Everyone has large forced air furnaces to combat the cold, instead. These dependable furnaces are trusty and function like workhorses for about 20 years before they kick the bucket. Down here in the south, however, there are more fireplaces than I’ve ever seen before! I was confused initially, even though I guess it makes sense, since they have very gentle winters in this region. There’s no need for state of the art heating implements, so they can choose to install decorative heating devices instead.