When my husband, Rodney and I could finally afford to build our new home, we decided on a radiant heating system. We’d done our research and considered all different types of HVAC systems. Because of the area where we live, there really was no need to worry about air conditioning. With nearly eight straight months of cold weather and temperatures which often drop below zero, whole-home and energy efficient heating was our priority. We appreciated the many benefits of a hydronic heating system, which relies on water to convey heat energy. Water is able to heat up much faster than water, resulting in our house heating up more quickly and eating up less energy. A hydronic system is also silent, clean, safe, and tends to provide extremely long service life. We invested in a boiler which is installed into the basement and linked to a branching network of pipes. These pipes are concealed beneath the floor, creating a radiant system and spreading the heat very evenly throughout the home. There’s no unpleasant temperature fluctuations, no blasts of hot or cold air, and no introduction of air contaminants, such as dust or bacteria. Rather than blown in, the heat is infused into the space and rises gradually upward. As the heat rises, it effectively warms all of the surfaces in the room. Ever chair, table, window sill and item in the room is warm to the touch, and the warmest temperature is closest to the floor. This promotes lower thermostat settings and further energy savings. I like that the radiant system is set up in individual zones. Each room has its own thermostat, and we can set independent temperature to suit our preferences or requirements. There’s no need to maintain empty rooms at the perfect temperature. We can keep our bedrooms a little warmer at night, and make sure the kitchen is nice and warm at dinner time.