In the area where I reside, the Winter time weather is a major problem.
- We often rely on the furnace for more than 60% of the year.
The temperature remains below 0 and often dips into the -20s. We plan for temperatures down to -30 in the winter. The annual snow accumulation of 15 feet is typical. The wind chill is always a factor and makes the conditions feel even colder. It can be not good to spend any amount of time outside, exposed to the wind. We get blizzards and ice storms that result in driving restrictions and it keeps us trapped inside the home for weeks at a time, and selecting a powerful, reliable and energy efficient furnace is a priority. I’m fortunate to have a boiler set up in the basement that works with a baseboard heating system in each room. The system operates with no noise, requires only annual maintenance and truly handles the worst of the weather. Because it is a hydronic furnace, using water to transport heat energy rather than air, it doesn’t bring any debris such as dust into the home. It doesn’t overly dry out the air and requires the replacement of a humidifier and proved a honestly gentle style of heating. There’s no drafts, no chilled spots and honestly little stratification. The boiler is also quite energy efficient. With the heat spread all over and the higher temperatures closer to the floor, I’m able to set the thermostat at a lower setting than with a forced air oil furnace.