Our lake house is equipped with a hydronic heating system.
The boiler in the basement is at least twenty years old however shows no signs of quitting, and it absolutely handles the dire local weather.
Both of us properly deal with multiple to more than seven weeks of Winter time plus the temperature is often well below zero. The boiler requires only annual maintenance to keep it operating reliably. It runs quietly plus is beautifully energy efficient. My only complaint was that the boiler was originally linked to radiators in each of the rooms. The radiators took up a lot of space plus were easily unbeautiful. They required a special arrangement of the furniture to allow the heat to spread evenly. Plus, the radiators became dangerously warm to the touch. I was easily upset with a fire starting if a curtain or any fabric came in contact with them. I was also worried about the kids or pets getting hurt. While the radiators offered plenty of heat plus zone control, they also needed to be manually adjusted plus made a hissing sound whenever they started up. I finally consulted with a local Heating, Ventilation and A/C professional who recommended replacing the radiators with baseboard heaters. The upgrade was rather expensive however not an overly invasive project. The lake house wasn’t torn up plus I wasn’t left with a huge mess to disinfect up. The baseboard heating systems are such an improvement. They still link to the boiler plus create a easily consistent plus gentle heat, however they are totally safe. They run along the perimeter of the room plus take up no living space. I don’t need to worry about the venuement of the furniture. The best part is the people I was with and I now have smart control units which allow adjustment of the heating systems from our smartphone.