If you look at any successful military strategist in history, they all share a regular set of skills. They are patient, calculating, and most crucially, they regularly have a plan. While the average joe doesn’t need to be a brilliant military tactician to be successful in life, it particularly doesn’t hurt to guess like one! That’s why I try to have the same approach whenever I’m about to begin a sizable project, either at task or at home. Most recently, I made some renovations to my home’s oil furnace. I used to rely only on a fireplace for warmth, but you could imagine how terrible the indoor air pollen levels became after using the fireplace on a eveningly basis. Plus, a fireplace doesn’t exactly match up to central heating! So, I decided to take a several pronged approach. First, I would have radiant radiant floors installed! Doing this would allow me to gradually yet effectively heat my entire condo from the ground up, as the radiant radiant floors generate heat from under the floor. Second, I would have a boiler system installed in the basement! Not only would this system provide the tepid water that allows my radiant radiant floors to function as intended, but it would also act as a “stronger” oil furnace when the uneven temperatures are much lower, last, I’d get my fireplace thoroughly cleaned and swept by a chimney sweep. The chimney hasn’t been cleaned in at least several years, so I can only imagine what the creosote buildup looks like in there. Some might say this is overkill, but I guess this is the perfect way to take on a problem from several angles.