Building a home along the northern border of the country, the type of heating system was a big decision. I knew my family would be relying on the heating system for more than half the year. Our comfort, budget and carbon footprint depended on the performance and efficiency of the heater. I wanted a heating system that would operate quietly, keep a clean house, and handle outdoor temperatures down to twenty below zero. I also hated to sacrifice a bunch of space to bulky equipment. I started researching furnaces, heat pumps and boilers as possibilities. I didn’t like that furnaces require a whole duct system, which then needs regular upkeep to prevent leaks and energy losses. Heat pumps are unable to keep up with temperatures below freezing. I wasn’t all that excited by investing in a boiler until I came across radiant flooring. After learning about the many benefits of a hydronic heating system and heated floors, I was sold on the idea. The boiler installed in the basement and is linked to a series of pipes that carry heated water. The pipes are entirely hidden beneath the floor, taking up no space in the home. The heat is distributed very evenly and rises slowly, which allows for perfect comfort at lower thermostat settings. The radiant flooring makes no noise, introduces no contaminants into the air, and allows for easy set up of zone control. I save money by lowering the thermostat in empty rooms. The very best part of the radiant heated floors is walking barefoot on a cold winter morning and feeling wonderfully warm and cozy.