I live along the northern border of the country, and the winter weather hangs around for approximately eight straight months. By the end of August, the nights are cold enough to require the heating system. We typically have several inches of snow at Halloween and there’s likely to still be an accumulation on the ground at Easter. The temperature rarely rises above freezing and often dips below zero. There’s frequent school closings and driving bans due to the severe weather. Since the summer season is brief and often cold and rainy, we strictly focus on the heating system. I’ve installed a condensing boiler into my basement, which easily handles the most extreme cold. The boiler is a hydronic system, meaning that it uses water to convey heat energy. It is also a closed system, and does not draw from the household water supply. It simply circulates the same water over and over again. The boiler is linked to baseboard heaters installed around the perimeter of the rooms in the home. The heat is infused into the air at floor level and rises very slowly. Because the higher temperatures are kept closer to the floor, my family feels perfectly warm at lower thermostat settings. I don’t need to worry about excessive costs for heating. I also have no concerns over indoor air quality. The boiler doesn’t introduce contaminants, such as dust, dander or bacteria, and avoids drafts and temperature stratification. One of the best things about the boiler is its versatility. My boiler supplements the household water heating, links to towel warmers in the bathroom and powers a snowmelt system. It also accommodates zone control, allowing independent temperature settings in each room. My family can customize settings to their preference, and I’m not stuck paying to heat empty rooms.