Along the northern border of the country, the winter weather lasts for the majority of the year.
By early September, we’re often required to run the heating system at night.
By the end of the month, we’ve got the heater operating 24/7 and we rely on it for approximately eight straight months. The temperature continually hovers below freezing and often drops into the negative digits. The wind chill makes it feel much colder, and it can often become downright dangerous to spend any length of time outdoors. However, we still need to head outside to scrape, shovel and plow because we accumulate around fifteen feet of snow annually. To handle the demands of our weather, we need a powerful and efficient heating system. I am fortunate that my house is equipped with a boiler system because it provides all kinds of advantages. For one thing, the boiler is a hydronic heating system, meaning that it uses water instead of air to move heat. Water heats up faster and retains heat longer than air, allowing the boiler to run for shorter cycles, use less energy and handle severe weather. It is a closed system, using the same water over and over, which avoids any introduction of air contaminants such as dust, bacteria or mold spores. Boilers are actually recommended for people who suffer from asthma, allergies or respiratory issues. The boiler runs silently, requires only annual maintenance and allows for the easy set up of zone control. It can be linked to radiators, baseboard heaters, radiant flooring, towel warmers and even an outdoor snowmelt system.