In the area where I live, we get a tremendous amount of snow.
There is often several inches of snow on the ground by Halloween. It’s not unusual to get over a foot of accumulation in a single night. Sometimes, we’re still dealing with shoveling and plowing and freezing temperatures at Easter time. Because of the very long and severe winter weather, the heating system is a priority. We need a heater that can handle a heavy workload and operate reliably as well as efficiently. The annual heating costs add up to about fifty percent of the energy used in my home. I am very fortunate, however, to have a boiler heating system. The boiler uses water to move heat throughout the house, providing a whole bunch of advantages over a forced air furnace. It is able to warm up the house very quickly and maintain a gentle and consistent temperature. The boiler operates almost silently, requires little maintenance and avoids the introduction of air contaminants, such as dust and bacteria. One of the biggest benefits of the boiler is its versatility. My house has a combination of baseboard heaters and radiant flooring that connect to the boiler. Plus, we have a snow melt system that is super convenient. It operates a lot like the radiant flooring inside the house. A series of pipes are concealed beneath the cement of the driveway, garage and walkways. The boiler pumps hot water through these pipes which heats up the surface and melts any snow or ice. They snowmelt system automatically starts up in reaction to temperature drop and moisture. It not only eliminates the need to shovel, plow or spread snowmelt chemicals, but also reduces the chance of someone slipping, falling and getting hurt.