Living in the northern part of the country, a boiler is the best choice for a heating system. A boiler utilizes water to convey heat energy, which is extremely cost-effective and efficient. Water heats up quicker than air, and stays warm longer. This means that the boiler can heat up the home much faster than a forced air furnace, and doesn’t need to work as hard to keep the house at the perfect temperature. Plus a forced air furnace uses ductwork, which typically allows a lot of energy to escape and brings in contaminants, such as dust, pollen, bacteria and mold spores. A boiler is perfect for anyone who suffers from respiratory infection, allergies or asthma. It keeps the home super clean and maintains exceptionally healthy air quality. I also like the versatility of a boiler. Rather than being limited to vents in each room, a boiler links to radiators, baseboard heaters or radiant flooring. Radiant flooring is completely hidden, so there’s no equipment taking up living space, detracting from aesthetics or requiring that furniture be arranged around it. Plus, the heat is spread evenly throughout the room. There’s no cold pockets, not drafts, and the heat doesn’t rise straight up to the ceiling. There’s also the option of using the boiler to heat the swimming pool, hot tub, supplement hot water needs or even power a snow melt system. It doesn’t matter how cold the outdoor temperature, the boiler can handle it. There a very few moving parts, so the boiler doesn’t require a ton of maintenance and it’s wonderfully reliable.