I live in the northeastern part of the country, and we deal with very severe winter months. We often need to operate our heating system from October to the end of April. It is essential to have a heating unit that can not only handle outside temperature down to about twenty below zero, but at the same time run efficiently. Even an energy efficient heating system will cost quite a bit to operate when it’s running non stop for six straight months. I have a boiler installed in the basement of my home, which is linked to baseboard heaters throughout the house. I have had the boiler for about eight years, and I am totally satisfied with its performance. The boiler is quite com pact, it operates silently, and maintains a very even temperature in the house. There are no drafts, no sudden blasts of heat, and the temperature from floor to ceiling is usually consistent. I also save money on my water heating costs, because the boiler is in a position to supplement my hot water heater. The boiler operates just about year round because it also handles the heating of my swimming pool. Just recently, I decided to get a concrete driveway installed with a underground snowmelt system. The HVAC contractor installed pipes underneath the concrete which are linked to my boiler system. The warm water runs through these pipes, warming up the concrete, and melting the snow and ice. I no longer need to hire someone to plow my driveway or spend hours shoveling the now. As a result of the snowmelt system, there is a lot less salt on the driveway, so the concrete should be preserved longer. Plus, I don’t need to worry about anyone slipping and falling to the ice.