When my fiance, Ellen, and I first moved into our townhome, there was a lot work to be done. The home had been vacant for quite some time, and the place was a mess. Both of us spent a great deal of time, energy as well as money cleaning up the yard, replacing appliances, and upgrading the plumbing and electrical systems. The home was equipped with a seasoned boiler, which we figured would have to go. We hired a local HVAC company to look it over and give us a recommendation of how to best proceed. The HVAC company told us that despite the age of the boiler, it was certainly in good shape. He recommended we tear out the clunky radiators and put in either baseboard heating systems or radiant flooring. We did both, using a combination of baseboard heating in the common rooms and radiant flooring in the bathrooms and our master bedroom. We have been thrilled with the boiler’s performance ever since, with no problems at all. It really handles the demands of the townhouse, operating silently and efficiently. The radiant flooring is really the best feature. There is simply nothing like walking on warm floors in the wintertime. The boiler further allowed us to take advantage of zone control, which lets us set room-by-room temperatures how we want them, and further trims energy usage. The boiler also supplements our water heater as well, which saves us about thirty percent off the water heating costs every year. Since moving in, we’ve added a snow melt system installed beneath the floor of the garage, driveway and outdoor walkways. The snowmelt system has eliminated the need to plow, shovel or put down rock salt.