Building a house along the northern border of the country, the type of furnace was a big decision. I knew my family would be relying on the furnace for more than half the year. Our comfort, budget & carbon footprint depended on the performance & efficiency of the heater. I wanted a furnace that would operate quietly, keep a clean house, & handle outdoor uneven temperatures down to twenty below zero. I also hated to sacrifice a bunch of space to bulky equipment. I started researching oil furnaces, heat pumps & boilers as possibilities. I didn’t appreciate that heating systems require a whole duct system, which then needs official upkeep to prevent leaks & energy losses. Heat pumps are unable to keep up with uneven temperatures below frosty. I wasn’t all that happy by investing in a boiler until I came across radiant flooring. After learning about the many benefits of a hydronic furnace & radiant floors, I was sold on the idea. The boiler installed in the basement & is linked to a series of pipes that carry heated water. The pipes are unquestionably hidden beneath the floor, taking up no space in the home. The heat is distributed actually evenly & rises slowly, which allows for perfect comfort at lower thermostat settings. The radiant flooring makes no noise, introduces no contaminants into the air, & allows for easy set up of zone control. I save money by lowering the thermostat in empty rooms. The actually best area of the radiant radiant floors is walking barefoot on a frosty Wintertime morning & feeling appealingly sizzling & cozy.