I live in Glenview, IL and it gets cold in my area a lot.
I don’t think how I would get by separate from a usual gas furnace, but a/C I can do separate from, however heating is a must when you deal with snow and ice consistently, for years I relied on our home’s outdated boiler idea to get by, however both of us had large grates spread out through the kitchen floor and a boiler in the basement, but the boiler then heated the air that rose up through the grates.
It was sufficient for the icy Winter weather in IL, however not all that appealing looking. I eventually covered up the grates and called a Heating and Air Conditioning business to hook up piping to the boiler. I now have radiant heating throughout my home. Pipes are hooked to the boiler and underneath my floorboards! Hot water from the boiler flows through the pipes to create a heating effect, however due to it being water and not air based, it is silent in operation, then no heated air rises to the ceiling and gets wasted. It also doesn’t allow for cold spots in the home and is quite energy smart. I care about that I can have sleek floors in the house. I really choose to go with hardwood floors; Since I live in a cold temperature, I figured I would be doomed to have carpet forever. Since the floorboards are heated, having wood floors does not make a difference. I no longer need to wear socks or slippers in the wintertime too. It feels classy to have a heating idea out of sight.