Because of the demands of my job, I’ve traveled and lived all over the northeastern part of the country. I’ve rented small apartments, luxurious condos and older homes of various sizes with different types of heating systems. After enduring winter temperatures down to thirty below zero, I’ve figured out that hydronic heating is by far the most comfortable system on the market. When compared to a forced air furnace, a boiler provides a way more consistent and gentle heat. There are no chilly drafts, overheated attics or freezing cold basements. The heat is spread evenly from corner to corner, wall to wall, and floor to ceiling. Another benefit of boiler heating is the versatility. The system can be connected to baseboard heaters, radiators or radiant floor heating, and can even link to a snow melt system and towel warmers in the bathroom. There’s also the option of creating zones in the home which are controlled by separate thermostats. This allows independent temperature settings to cater to the specific demands of the room, occupancy and personal preference. A boiler does not use ductwork or blow air, dust and allergens into the home, and therefore maintains a cleaner and healthier living space. As someone who deals with both asthma and severe allergies, I appreciate the integrity of indoor air quality. Even better, a hydronic heating system doesn’t dry out the air as it operates, so there’s no issue with insufficient moisture levels and no need to add a humidifier. When it comes to cost, a boiler is more energy efficient than a forced air furnace. While this type of system is a bigger investment upfront, it pays for itself through reliability, longevity and lower monthly running costs.