Here it is middle of January 2013, we moved in July 2012. The summer was a nice comfortable 70F or 20C. And our winter to date has been fanastic with the lowest recorded temperature as 60F or 15C and usually this occurs in the early morning before the sun comes up for the day. The days that the sun is shining it will reach 80F or 25C by noon...and if the sun stays out consistently then we are looking at a very hot afternoon like 90F+ or 30C+. This might seem like a problem but we simply open the windows and let the fresh winter air in to get the temperature down to a comfortable range. On days that it isn't sunny we decide on a case by case basis whether we will put on a small wood fire....since anymore than small and we again have a 90F+/30C+ situation. We have concluded that the number one important feature of our house is our solid seal - read no drafts! What we have learned from our Passive solar house is that how solid your exterior walls are make all the difference when keeping your heat in (we are very pleased with ICF - Insulated Concrete Form walls)....not everyone is building but this product could be for those renovating to insulate http://www.quiktherm.com/ NOTE I've not tried it and don't endorse it but saw it and thought what a great idea for those who aren't building but renovating.
Tracey Allen loves to research, learn and write on all topics to do with gluten-free cooking, whole food cooking, saving, sustainable living and living life to the fullest.