What about using a fireplace as the heating source for an FHA purchase

Home Inspector with 203kOnLine.com, covering the USA S0289

We did a log home this past week, waiting for the contractor's bid to come in. It isn't a log cabin as it is huge. 

Can the fireplace be the only source of heat for my new home in the mountains? 

The Guideline actually states the heating system must be capable of maintaining 70 degree's at 36" off the floor and be thermostatically controlled. Can you meet that criteria with a fireplace?

Maybe, if it is a gas fired fireplace, possibly free standing that you can adapt a thermostat to you might be in business. We have see this happen in a few homes over the years. The kitchen will likely put out heat into the home when cooking and washing as well but the gas fired fireplace with a thermostat should be sufficient in many cases. 

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Comments (4)

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

That's a tough criteria with only a fireplace.  Bet the ceiling is a lot hotter than 3 feet off the floor. 


Feb 09, 2014 05:18 AM
Mike Young
203kOnLine.com, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

Lenn, I have to agree with you on that point

Feb 09, 2014 12:07 PM
Steven Fairweather
Rectitude Home Inspection Services - Missouri City, TX
203k Consultant & Inspector

Great post Mike. Houston group have to check in with you for market update here.

Feb 10, 2014 04:54 AM
Mike Young
203kOnLine.com, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

Sounds good Steven, look forward to it

Feb 12, 2014 04:39 AM