When my wife and I watched the last of our four children move out of the house, the day was bittersweet. We were sad to see our youngest leave, as he was always the most thoughtful, considerate and agreeable of our children. We knew that it would be an adjustment period for us to get used to him not being home, but it was alright – we had just the thing to occupy ourselves and stave off the empty-nest syndrome! See, my wife and I made a pact when our youngest was born. We promised we’d renovate the entire house from the ground up as soon as he moved out, or at least start the process then. Well, with him leaving, we can truly start at the ground floor, because the first renovation project we’re doing is installing radiant heating in our home! Radiant heating isn’t necessarily from a radiator anymore, as this system functions like a big radiator that’s housed inside the floor! Hot water pipes carry boiling water through a heat-conductive material, and that heat then spreads out and up from the floor. Since the heat comes from the entire floor space, there’s no cold or hot spots! Plus, the system is far more efficient than many options on the market, as it uses hardly any electricity at all to function. A pump sends hot water from a boiler through the piping, and the heat-conductive flooring does the rest! I can’t wait until we get this installed, because winter is fast approaching and our heating system stinks. With this new system, I can finally get some decent sleep in a house that isn’t as cold indoors as it is outdoors.