I live along the northern border of the country, in an area that is well-known for the severity of the winter weather. We typically start up the heating system sometime in September and keep it running until April. We usually have snow on both Halloween and Easter. During the winter, it’s common to accumulate several feet of snow overnight, and the temperature often dips below zero. The capacity, efficiency and reliability of the heating system is super important. My home is outfitted with a boiler heating system, which perfectly handles demand. Not only is the boiler extremely powerful and energy efficient, it operates quietly and provides a very even temperature. There’s minimal temperature stratification from floor to ceiling, and no cold spots in the corners. Because the boiler relies on water to convey heat energy rather than air, it doesn’t bring in any outside contaminants. There’s no blast of dust, dander, bacteria or other allergens pouring form a bunch of vents. I like the versatility of the boiler system. There is a network of pipes concealed in the walls and floors of the home. They take up no space, don’t detract from the decor, and link to baseboard heaters in the majority of the rooms. In the kitchen and bathrooms, we have radiant flooring. This combination creates gentle comfort and keeps a perfectly warm home, even on the coldest days. Plus, the boiler supplements our water heating needs so that we never run short and save money on water heating bills. Although the boiler doesn’t offer any option for whole-home cooling, we don’t really need air conditioner where we live.