t's easy to complain about old houses and I do. They require endless upkeep-with which we never keep up. But during the cold weather months, I celebrate one feature of this old house that no home improvement has improved upon: our ancient, efficient hot water radiators.
Every morning I dial up the temperature and the only sound I hear is a gentle ticking. No whoosh of dusty air, no clanging along the baseboards. And when I turn down the heat, my faithful old radiators stay warm for hours.
Now I've lived with all kinds of heating systems and none is as reliable, maintenance-free, charming and cozy as radiators. Because here's the best part: You can sit on them.
Yes, indeed. It's a heating device that doubles as a bench... and there's one in every room! My favorite is the radiator in the kitchen from which I can grab a beer from the frig and stir dinner on the stove.
So, say what you will about old houses (I'll say it, too) but while taking a break from worrying about ice build-up on the roof, I'll make the cat move over and hang out on my heat source.