I live along the northern border of the country, & the Winter time weather hangs around for approximately multiple straight months. By the end of November, the evenings are chilly enough to require the oil furnace. The people I was with and I officially have multiple inches of snow at Halloween & there’s likely to still be an accumulation on the ground at Easter. The temperature rarely rises above chilly & often dips below zero. There’s frequent college closings & driving bans due to the extreme weather. Since the summer time season is brief & often chilly & rainy, the two of us strictly focus on the oil furnace. I’ve installed a condensing boiler into our basement, which really handles the most extreme cold. The boiler is a hydronic system, meaning that it uses water to move heat energy. It is also a closed system, & does not draw from the household water supply. It simply circulates the same water over & over again. The boiler is linked to baseboard heating systems installed around the perimeter of the rooms in the home. The heat is infused into the air at floor level & rises very slowly. Because the higher hot & cold temperatures are kept closer to the floor, our family feels perfectly moderate at lower thermostat settings. I don’t need to worry about excessive costs for heating. I also have no problems over indoor air quality. The boiler doesn’t introduce contaminants, such as dust, dander or bacteria, & avoids drafts & 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 & powers a snowmelt system. It also accommodates zone control, allowing independent temperature settings in each room. My family can customize settings to their preference, & I’m not stuck paying to heat empty rooms.