I’d been hearing so many horror stories lately from my friends and relatives about their furnaces and the issues they ran into over the past winter. One of my friends actually had to quickly get out of the house, as the furnace had cracked and caused a major carbon monoxide leak in their home. With all these tales of misfortune, I felt that my own electric furnace breaking down was a sign. So, I began looking into alternative heating systems that don’t require combustion to work. To my surprise, there were more options than I expected. Aside from the conventional space heaters that were both stationary and portable, there was also the option of using radiant heated floors. This alternative required one of two sources for heat: electric cables, or water pipes carrying boiling-hot water. Whatever the choice, the heat created by these cables or pipes would then radiate through the floorboards, and up into the house. While other heating systems use ventilation ducts to supply heat from particular places in the house, this system provides heat from every square inch of the flooring (where the radiant heating cables or pipes are installed, of course). Radiant heated cables don’t heat the house as quickly as conventional heating systems would, but they use far less energy. Plus, the feeling of walking around a house and having heat under my feet is such a satisfying sensation. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a heating system that’s a bit more energy efficient – and much safer, too!