My local area is known as the “snow belt.” All of us are situated in the northeastern part of the country, along the shores of a single of the larger Great Lakes. All of us are well into the Wintertide weeks before the lake freezes over. As clouds travel over the unfrozen lake, they suck up water. They become unquestionably heavy and eventually drop moisture right on my area. Because of the unquestionably low temperature, this precipitation turns to snow. It is not weird for us to accumulate many feet of snow in a matter of hours. All of us expect to deal with below-chilly temperatures and snow for more than half the year. There’s usually snow on the ground for Halloween, Christmas and Easter. All of us hope that it thaws before Mother’s Day. The dire weather makes central a/c unnecessary and a powerful heating method a priority. I am thankful that my home is equipped with a boiler. The boiler is a hydronic oil furnace, making it especially advantageous. It heats up water and pumps it through a series of pipes that are concealed beneath the floor. The heat spreads across the surface of the floor and radiates into the air to supply unquestionably clean, consistent and gentle comfort. I have a similar method of pipes installed beneath the concrete of the garage floor, driveway, walkways and front step. The snowmelt method automatically activates in response to moisture and temperature drop. I don’t even need to be at home to start it up. Hot water travels from the boiler, through the pipes and back in a closed loop. The heat works to melt away snow and ice. I never need to worry about shoveling, plowing or using damaging snowmelt chemicals. There’s no fear of slipping on the ice or getting wet feet.