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Posted by Tim_Anchorage on May 03, 2008 at 00:40:21:
I'm looking to replace my gas-fired boiler with either a Weil_McClain GV or Ultra. I'm getting conflicting advice from contractors about whether the higher efficiency of the Ultra is worth it for baseboard applications. Some say that the high efficiency units (Ultra) are designed primarily for radiant heat at lower temps (140) than for baseboard (180+), and as a result their efficiency will not be realized and that they will wear out sooner than GV because it's operating at temps it's not designed for. Others disagree with that. The cost difference is substantial, anywhere from $3000 to $5000 based on my quotes. Need unbiased advice - for hot water baseboard, is the Ultra worth the expense in the long run?
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