My cabin is equipped with a natural gas oil furnace with a duct system. It handles the extreme weather in the area where I live, but I’m not totally cheerful with it. The duct system is noisy, introduces allergens into our breathing air, and takes up quite a bit of space. When the hot air pours from the vents, it rises straight up to the ceiling. It only falls back down when it cools down, creating uncomfortable temperature stratification. Because of this, I’m always bumping up the thermostat and spending a fortune on our yearly bills. The oil furnace also dries out the indoor air, causing all sorts of health issues and destruction to home furnishings. I wish I could tear out the entire oil furnace and duct system and replace it with a boiler and radiant floor heating. Instead of using air to transfer heat energy, a boiler uses water. Water heats up quicker and retains heat longer, making it more energy efficient. The boiler heats up the water and sends it through a series of pipes hidden beneath the floor. The heating component takes up no living space, doesn’t detract from aesthetics, and I don’t need to arrange the furniture around it. The heat is spread evenly across the room and remains closer to the floor. It allows lower thermostat settings without sacrificing comfort. I would really prefer to walk barefoot across radiant heated floors in the Winter season. Unfortunately splitting out a forced air oil furnace to replace it with a boiler isn’t feasible. I’m just hoping some professional maintenance will improve the performance of our gas oil furnace.