Since I moved into our house, I’ve had problems keeping the locale temperature where I need it to be, and the house is not even that large. It only has a few bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. There’s a large window AC unit to keep the house perfectly cool, which is good and all – except for the fact that it’s only sizzling hot for about 2 months of the year. The furnace on the other hand is always needed, especially at night. The complication is that it’s an outdated heating system. It makes the living room honestly toasty, but the other rooms tend to get only a little warmer with its use. Inefficiency aside, it’s also dangerous, as the radiator gets so sizzling that it can cause cloth to catch fire! I found this out the hard way on one night in particular, when I wasn’t thinking and threw my heavy coat on the radiator before sitting on the furniture. Only after a little bit of time, I began to smell the aroma of burning fabric, and looked over to see smoke coming off the coat! I hastily grabbed the coat off the radiator and opened the windows, hoping the cold night air would help the radiator cool off a little. I realized that with situations like this as a major risk, I had to start looking into alternate approaches to heat our house. I called the local Heating, Ventilation & A/C contractor and had a worker survey the house, and he advised that I have radiant flooring installed in the house. The idea would be much safer, as the heat would come from pipes running under the floorboards of the house, and disperse evenly throughout the entire home. It was a bit overpriced for me, despite the fact that I was assured that it would be a long-term payoff to go this route instead of installing a furnace and ductwork. In a few weeks they’ll be installing the radiant floor system, despite the fact that I wish they’d do it now!