For the winter weather in my local area, a boiler heating system is definitely the right choice. The only drawback of a boiler is that it doesn’t provide any capacity for cooling. With our brief, often chilly and rainy summer seasons, central air conditioning isn’t necessary. We manage just fine with some box fans and window air conditioners. I look forward to opening up the windows and airing out the house after eight straight months of below freezing temperatures. The advantages of hydronic heating are nearly endless. The boiler works by heating up water and pumping it through pipes that are concealed under the floors and inside walls and ceiling. It can link to any combination of baseboards, radiators and radiant flooring and even provide towel warmers and an exterior snowmelt system. Boilers have very few moving parts, making them low in maintenance and exceptionally reliable. They also tend to outlast most other types of heaters, often only needing to be updated when the manufacturer no longer makes replacement parts. Because it is a closed system, circulating the same water over and over, it doesn’t bring any air contaminants into the house. It doesn’t overly dry out the air, eliminating the need to add a humidifier. Boilers are a recommended option for anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies. They are wonderfully energy efficient, safe and clean and accommodate the easy set up of zone control. A thermostat mounted in each level of the house or even every room allows independent temperature settings. There’s no need to heat empty rooms and temperature can be adjusted to personal preference.