Living in an area that is known for severe winter temperatures and excessive snowfall, the heating system is essential. I am fortunate to have a boiler installed in my home. The boiler handles any temperature extreme and maintains very even comfort throughout the house. Because it is a hydronic system, the boiler is exceptionally quiet, reliable, clean and efficient. The boiler is linked to an under-the-floor radiant system that spreads the heat very evenly. There’s no drafts, influx of air contaminants or unpleasant temperature fluctuation. When my husband and I started looking into a paved driveway and walkways for our home, we decided to upgrade to a snowmelt system. The snowmelt system is very similar to the radiant heated floors inside the home. A series of pipes is buried beneath the cement. These pipes transport hot water and spread the heat evenly over the surface of the driveway and sidewalks. The snowmelt system starts up automatically in response to moisture and temperature drop. We no longer need to worry about plowing or shoveling. We can avoid harsh snowmelt chemicals that damage landscaping and sometimes get tracked in the house. There’s far less risk of slipping and falling on icy surfaces, and we never are forced to walk through an accumulation of snow. Plus, we avoid the repeated freezing and thawing that shortens the lifespan of pavement. The snowmelt system is entirely concealed, totally quiet and maintenance-free. While it was rather expensive, I am convinced it was a good investment. The time-savings alone is worth the cost. Because boiler provides the heated water for the system, operation is wonderfully energy efficient.