I live in an area that is called the “snow belt.” We are well known for our long cold winters and record-setting accumulation of snow. It’s not unheard of for the winter season to last for eight months. We often have several inches of snow at both Halloween and Easter. We can get several feet of snowfall in a single night. Because of temperatures down to twenty-five below zero, a powerful heating system is necessary. I heat my home with a boiler system linked to radiant flooring. The boiler heats up water and sends it through pipes concealed beneath the floor. The heat is infused into the air and rises up slowly, warming all the surfaces in the room. Radiant flooring not only provides very evenly distributed and gentle comfort, but exceptional energy efficiency as well. One of the best features of the boiler is its versatility. It not only handles our heating needs but supplements our hot water supply and links to a snowmelt system. The snow melt system is very similar to the radiant flooring. A looping network of pipes is concealed beneath the pavement of the driveway, walkways and garage floor. The system automatically starts up in response to moisture and temperature drop. The radiant heat melts away snow and keeps these surfaces clear. There’s no need for shoveling or plowing. I don’t need to spread harsh chemicals which might damage landscaping or get tracked into the house. The snow melt system eliminates a lot of time, labor and expense. Plus, I don’t need to worry about anyone slipping, falling and getting hurt.