A few years ago, my husband and I bought an extremely old house with the intention of fixing it up. We loved the location and size of the property, and the structure of the house was good. The former owners, however, didn’t keep up with regular maintenance and had made no upgrades while they lived there. The house had also been left empty for approximately five years. We dealt with a mouse infestation, broken windows, leaky roof, rotted floors and corroded plumbing. The wiring was not up to local codes, and all of the appliances needed to be replaced. We basically gutted the entire structure down to the bare studs and started over. The only thing in the house that was salvageable was the boiler in the basement. Although the boiler system was rather old, it started up just fine. We had it checked out by a local HVAC professional, who performed a thorough cleaning and tuning of all components. He said that with regular maintenance, the boiler could last us another twenty years. The HAC contractor recommended that we install radiant flooring throughout the house. Since we completely tore up all of the floors, it was quite simple to retrofit the pipes for the radiant system. The pipes link to the boiler and create a looping pattern, which is entirely hidden beneath the new floors. The pipes carry heated water and spread warmth evenly across the floors. The heat rises gradually, with higher temperatures remaining close to the floor. My husband and I just love the radiant flooring. On the coldest day of winter, our home is perfectly comfortable and we walk barefoot. The heating equipment takes up no living space and doesn’t detract from aesthetics. It runs silently and requires only an annual service of the boiler.