My parents recently moved into a modern home. After all of their kids grew up and moved out, they decided to downsize and purchase a smaller place for just them. They moved into a charming little ranch not too far away from my apartment… I am able to visit them as often as I like, which is perfect. I sporadically am surprises by a visit by my mother with dinner in hand. After moving in, my parents were discussing updating the heating and cooling system in the new house. They wanted something top of the line as well as efficient. Every time I popped over for dinner, it seemed to be their topic of conversation. In the end, they were debating between radiant heated floors and a smart control unit. With radiant heated floors, water slowly moves through pipes beneath the floorboards and heats the house at an efficient speed. It can save on daily utility bills because of its slow heating pace. It also avoids those cold floors. On the other hand, a smart control thermostat would save money because my parents could control the temperature from their phones. They could lower the temperature when they leave and turn the temperature back up only when they are on their way back home. This would avoid wasting energy while also providing the convenience of phone accessibility and even temperatures. They are still debating over which HVAC component to invest in. I am interested to see which one will win!