My local section is well-known for our snowy conditions.
- We experience lake-effect snow which accumulates from sometime in October until May or even May.
It’s not unofficial for us to get many feet of snow in a single afternoon. Along with snow flurries, snow showers, freezing rain and blizzard conditions, my associate and I also deal with seriously cold rapidly changing temperatures. We are accustomed to below-freezing and even negative readings for months at a time. The furnace is essential and a giant part of the apartment budget. I am fortunate that my property is outfitted with a boiler. A hydronic furnace offers all sorts of particular perks. The boiler heats water and sends it through a network of pipes concealed beneath our floors, then because water heats up quicker and retains heat longer than air, the boiler doesn’t need to work as hard, run as long or use as much energy as a forced air furnace. Plus the heat is distributed at floor level and rises slowly upward. The more even temperature and absence of drafts allows for comfort at lower thermostat settings. There are no drafts or cold pockets. Our radiant flooring is set up for zone control. We have an independent thermostat in each room that allows customized temperature settings. We can answer room requirements, avoid heating empty spaces and cater to the preferences of family members. One of my number one perks of the boiler is that it also links to an outdoor snowmelt system! Just like inside the house, there is a series of pipes installed under the pavement of the walkways and driveways. The snowmelt system reacts to temperature drop and moisture, automatically starting up and spreading heat across the pavement. Snow and ice melt away without any need for shoveling or plowing. There are no problems over slipping and falling on icy pavement. We don’t need to figure out where to pile the immense amounts of snow.