In my local area, we often have our first snow sometime in September.
It’s not unusual for the kids to need winter coats and boots when we go trick-or-treating.
There’s frequently blizzard conditions over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The snow sometimes seems endless, with more falling from the sky and accumulating on the ground every day. We’ve already had several feet of snow at Easter and even Mother’s day. Along with the constant snowfall, we endure below-freezing and even sub-zero temperatures. The winters are long, cold and a tremendous amount of work and expense. The weather requires a powerful, reliable and energy efficient style of heating system. We are very fortunate to have a boiler installed into our home. The only real drawback of a boiler system is that it doesn’t provide any capabilities for air conditioning. In our area, that isn’t a problem. Our summer weather barely lasts two months and is often chilly and rainy. We’re just fine with window air conditioners in the bedroom. The benefits of a boiler is that it provides an especially consistent and gentle heat. It operates silently, doesn’t dry out the indoor air and doesn’t spread contaminants into the air. The boiler requires only annual maintenance and allows for zone control. With a thermostat installed in each of the rooms, we’re able to personalize the temperature setting according to preference and occupancy. Another advantage of a boiler system is the versatility it offers. The boiler can be used to heat our swimming pool and linked to towel warmers and a snowmelt system. We had a snowmelt system installed beneath a brand new driveway, walkways and front steps just a couple of years ago. The boiler sends hot water through a series of pipes concealed under the pavement. The system responds to moisture and temperature drop, automatically starting up and melting away snow and ice. Because of the snowmelt system, we no longer need to shovel, plow or put down damaging chemicals. We are no longer worried about slipping and falling on the ice or wondering where we’re going to pile all the snow.