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Posted by HeatPro on July 20, 2006 at 09:13:02:
In Reply to: Replacing Old Steam Boiler With New??? posted by Earl Smith on July 20, 2006 at 06:52:39:
You seem to have the handicap of not having talked to a salesman from each company. Depending on their personality and quality of presentation you could go with either one. I am more amazed that people will choose to continue using residential steam systems of that input in a home that requires them instead of moving to a new home with 1/4 the energy usage (and energy bills.) But I've been reminded that a man's 'home is his castle' (though I shudder at the thought of heating a castle.) A new 2000 sq ft. home insulated to modern minimums requires 50,000 btuh in the coldest weather.
Both are well-respected companies and deservedly-so. So aside from being amazed that people are willing to use quadruple the energy they need for the same purpose, that there can be so many companies making so few steam boilers in a shrinking base of steam-heated homes. I do recognize that cast-iron draws very little in scrap yards when stolen from a city aparment, so that is a benefit in that environment. I understand that everybody isn't interested in fuel economy and likes 'atmosphere' and old quaint. In light of spending an extra 150,000 btuh an hour all the time for the next few decades again, a 2% difference in efficiency rating is infinitesmal.
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