I’ve lived my entire life in the northeastern part of the country, and I’m accustomed to severe weather. The temperature often starts to drop in mid September, forcing us to start up the heating system. We endure below freezing temperatures, and sometimes sub zero temperatures, until sometime in early April. The reliability, longevity and efficiency of the home’s heating system is a priority. I don’t want to spend the majority of my budget on monthly energy bills. I certainly don’t want my family to be left without heat in the middle of a January snowstorm. I am fortunate that my home is equipped with a boiler heating system. Although the boiler is nearly twenty years old, it continues to operate dependably. I make sure to hire a local HVAC contractor for annual maintenance every fall, and I’ve never faced a sudden malfunction. The boiler pumps hot water through a series of pipes which connect to baseboard heaters around the perimeter of each room. There is a thermostat located in each room, which allows zoned heating. I don’t waste money maintaining empty rooms to the ideal temperature, and family members can customize comfort to their preference. I like that hydronic heating is exceptionally quiet and clean. There is no ductwork blowing contaminated air into the home, and we enjoy healthier indoor air quality. Plus, the warmest temperature is closer to the floor, with no drafts or cold pockets, which ensures superior comfort at lower thermostat settings. No matter how cold the outside weather, I can be sure my home will be nice and warm for my family.