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Combination Boiler for Smaller Home?

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Posted by Glenn on May 19, 2004 at 05:58:22:

My wife and I are building a vacation home on our property in Colorado this summer. We want to do a hot water baseboard system. The heating contractor I expect to use suggested that I consider a "combination boiler" that incorporates both a central (baseboard) heating unit as well as a supply of household hot water.

He didn't really suggest a specific model or manufacturer, but just spoke in general terms about these units. I've done a little research since our conversation and find that there are tons of options.

The first unit that impressed me as being suitable for my application was the Teledyne-Laars MC75 "mini combo", but I would like some other objective opinions. Here are the specifications for the house:

* 1150 sq-ft first floor with a 200-sq ft loft.
* Planning on only 2 heat zones.
* House sitting on crawl space - no basement.
* Vaulted ceilings over 50% of the house footprint.
* No hot water heat planned for loft - there will be an auxilliary baseboard electric unit for really cold days.
* Home normally occupied by only 2 people, but it will feature a corner "soaking tub" that has approx. 150% of a normal bath capacity. It will have its own in-line heater for the water (electric).
* Home built at 10,000 ft above sea level - not unusual to see -20 temps at night in Jan-Feb.
* Will use propane.

Any and all suggestions are welcome.


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