I reside along the northern border of the country, and the long winters are a challenge. We typically experience about eight months of cold weather. The temperature sometimes drops all the way down to twenty-six degrees below zero and the wind chill makes it feel even colder. Along with brutal temperatures, we get buried under feet of snow. These conditions cause a great deal of work, time and expense. By necessity, I’ve spent a significant amount of money on my heating system. Because of reliability and system longevity, I chose a hydronic heat heating. Water heats us quicker than air and retains heat much longer, making a boiler a more cost-effective choice than a forced air furnace. The boiler can heat up the house much faster and doesn’t need to run as long to maintain comfort. Plus, since there is no outside air brought in, the boiler doesn’t spread air contaminants or degrade indoor air quality. It operates silently, and infuses the heat into the air, providing a wonderfully gentle comfort. The boiler itself is compact and mounted on an exterior wall in the basement. It is linked to baseboard heaters installed around the perimeter of the rooms. The baseboard heaters are not unattractive, take up little space, and spread the heat evenly. They also have allowed me to set up zoned conditioning, which includes independent thermostats in each room. Each thermostat is controlled separately, which accommodates personal preferences and avoids heating empty rooms. The boiler further supplements my water heater, which ensures an ample supply of hot water and saves money on month water bills.