My grandparents heated their house with a boiler that was located in their basement.
The heater was enormous, noisy and required constant maintenance.
During the winter months, someone had to go downstairs, turn a valve and refill the system with water. Although the boiler provided plenty of heat to keep my grandma and grampa’s home perfectly comfortable, the system was not ideal. The boiler linked to radiators in each of the rooms. The benefit of those radiators was that each one operated independently. My grandparents could keep specific rooms warmer than others and avoid heating empty rooms. The drawback was that the radiators took up quite a bit of space, were ugly and became dangerously hot to the touch. We were constantly warned to stay far away from them. When my new husband and I went house hunting and found the perfect property, I was not thrilled to learn that it included a boiler heating system. However, this modern boiler is very different from the equipment I remember from my childhood. The system is extremely compact and requires only annual upkeep from a professional HVAC contractor. The boiler links to baseboard heaters that are installed around the perimeter of each room. They take up no living space, are very streamlined and never get hot to the touch. The heat is wonderfully gentle, quiet and clean. The boiler is also extremely energy efficient, keeping our monthly bills reasonable. We have the advantage of zoned heating with an independent thermostat in each of the rooms and can regulate temperature through an app on our smartphones.