Thick walls, deep eaves, and high ceilings are all reasons why old houses feel cooler in hot weather and warmer in winter than more recent buildings do. Even so, many old houses lack insulation and central HVAC systems, making it hard to retrofit them with the latest in technological advances.
"Our farmhouse was built around 1850. We love the old interior doors, which still have their original hardware. But sometimes they quietly swing open, with no one nearby. During the day, I find the idea of a ghost romantic. But not so much when I’m home alone at night." —Kathy Stein