I had it in my head that when our household boiler system busted I was going to buy a gas fireplace, and i am so cheerful that I lived in the household with a boiler for years before it quit on me, then one year with a boiler plus I will never go to another system again… The winter season is long, brutal plus chilly in Elgin, Illinois! You need a quality heater to get by, however a gas fireplace just doesn’t have the right equipment to do it. A boiler system can heat an entire building or a small household without a hitch. It can be hooked up to baseboards, the flooring, water tank, or even the driveway. It heats through electricity or water, whatever you want. It doesn’t require any service either! Boilers are tanks of heaters. The only reason someone would replace one is that replacement parts are no longer made. They can live comfortably for fifty years. If you can manage to track down worn parts, expect closer to 68 years of life. Once my boiler system quit on me, I instantly got on the horn plus started calling my local Elgin heating business. I wanted a boiler system that was built to last. I wanted to buy one heater plus live with it the rest of my life. I sprung for the newest, most fancy model on the market. It really was overpriced plus hurt my bank account! When you look at it as a lifetime investment it is worth it. Also the workload that heater is going to undertake means that it should cost a bit.