If you’ve had your heating system running all winter like I have, then you’ll know what I mean when I talk about the current pinch I’m feeling in my energy bills. It’s crazy! My house uses an electric furnace to provide warmth, and I also rely on a fireplace in my first floor living room to provide warmth on the particularly frigid winter nights. While this two-part system works well enough to keep my house cozy, I feel that the electric furnace can be overpowering at times, as I might go weeks without needing the fireplace for supplementary warmth. I also have a pretty old-fashioned thermostat for my heating and air conditioning system, so it’s hard for me to closely monitor the temperature in my house. This means the heating system runs for too long and overheats the house, so my energy bills skyrocket! After dealing with this issue for the past two years, I’ve finally realized that there can be a better, less-expensive way to keep my house warm. I reached out to my usual HVAC service technician for some input on the matter, and he said I should consider switching to a hydronic heating system. This could mean that I’m relying on a boiler to circulate hot water through pipes around the house, which provide heat that spreads up from vents in the floor and walls to warm my home. A modern version of the boiler system would be the radiant floor heating system, which does the same thing, but spreads heat upwards from every section of the floor. Whatever the choice may be, I’ll need to consider converting soon. The upfront cost of switching to hydronic heating may be high, but I think the savings in energy usage will be well worth the change.