When my partner, Liz, and I first moved into our lakefront house, there was a lot to be done. The house had been vacant for quite some time, and everything was a mess. We spent tons of time, energy and money fixing the dock, replacing fixtures, and upgrading the plumbing and electrical systems. The house was equipped with an outdated boiler, and we figured it would need to be replaced. We hired a local HVAC contractor to look it over and make a recommendation. The HVAC contractor told us that despite the age of the boiler, it was in surprisingly good shape. He suggested we tear out the inefficient radiators and replace them with either baseboard radiators or radiant flooring. We decided to do both, implementing the radiant flooring in the kitchen, bathrooms and master bedroom. We have been thrilled with the boiler and have had no problems with it. It handles the demands of the home well, operates silently, and is energy efficient. The radiant flooring is absolutely the best feature of our entire house. There is simply not a better luxury than walking on warm floors in the wintertime. The boiler also allowed us to take advantage of zone control, which facilitates room-by-room temperature settings, caters to our personal preferences, and further trims energy usage. The boiler also supplements the water heater and saves us about thirty-five percent off the water heating costs every year. Since moving in, we’ve added a snow melt system, which is installed beneath the floor of the garage, driveway and our outdoor walkways down to the lake. The snowmelt plan has eliminated the need to plow, shovel or put down rock salt.