When we bought our house, there was already a boiler installed in the basement.
A boiler heating system is extremely beneficial.
It is a hydronic system and uses water to move heat to the various rooms of the house. Water heats up very quickly and is effective at retaining heat. This allows the boiler to raise room temperature very quickly and keep the space comfortable without working too hard. It also avoids introducing contaminants such as dust, dander, bacteria and spores into the air. Rather than blowing the heat into the room through air coming from vents, the heat is radiated into the air. It warms all the objects in the room which further radiate the heat. There’s no cold surfaces to steal body heat. There are no drafts or colds spots and only minimal stratification. The boiler is nearly silent and wonderfully low in maintenance. With regular maintenance, we can expect the system to last for several decades. I like the versatility of it. We tore out the old and ugly radiators, pulled up the floors of the house and installed radiant floor heating. The pipes for the heated floors are entirely concealed. I don’t need to arrange my furniture around ugly equipment, and there’s nothing taking up valuable space. The heat is spread evenly across the floor from corner to corner and rises slowly. With a thermostat in each room, we can adjust temperature to meet occupancy, requirements and personal comfort preferences. Getting up on a cold winter morning and stepping on a warm floor feels wonderful. No matter how nasty the weather is outside, the inside of the house always feels perfectly warm and toasty.