Boiler Replacement: Energy Efficient Options
LESLIE: Paul in Utah’s in hot water. How can we help you?
PAUL: Boy, I wish I was in hot water.
TOM: (chuckling) You’re not in hot water, huh?
PAUL: Well, I need hot water to exchange my hot water boiler system that gives radiant to my home into something more modern because this one is costing me greatly. It’s about 50 years old and it is an old cast iron boiler system with radiant heat.
TOM: Well, you know, the fact that it’s 50 years old means it’s really served you well. And so, I don’t think, Paul, that thing owes you any more years. But I think we can save you some money if we recommend a replacement boiler. Probably the best type of replacement boiler to look for today is called a condensing boiler. And what that refers to is the fact that these high-efficiency boilers take so much heat out of the gas before it’s let up the vent pipe that all that’s left is mostly water vapor which condenses, runs down to a pump and is pumped outside. So a high-efficiency condensing boiler is the one that’s going to be the most energy efficient. You probably should be looking for one that’s Energy Star rated. And you’re going to see a world of difference in the cost to operate that compared to the old cast iron boiler that you’re working with right now.
PAUL: I do appreciate it. Is there a brand or a …
TOM: Well, Rheem is a really good brand of boiler. R-h-e-e-m. That’s one that you might want to start with. There are other good ones as well. But take a look for a condensing boiler and I think you’re going to be very happy with your energy bills after that’s installed.
PAUL: You’re marvelous, folks. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome, Paul. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.