need help deciding what size replacement boiler my house requires


Old 02-14-09, 12:14 PM
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need help deciding what size replacement boiler my house requires

I live in northeastern lower michigan and I am going to attempt to replace my hwbb boiler this year. The current heating costs are killing us in the winters. Can anyone help me figure out what size I need and what brand is the best for my situation? I want to get the most efficent one can. I was told by a local contracter that a munchkin would be best for me, but he wanted like 10g to put it in with one of those water heaters that connect to the boiler. I dont want to remorgage my house to be able to afford a new heating system, so I am going to try and do it myself. Any helpfull info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 02-14-09, 12:31 PM
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Hi Larry and welcome to the board. Ditto on Whoís reading. But before you size up a new boiler, letís talk about the house you are trying to heat. Now, you may have other reasons, tell us, but replacing the heating system should not be your first step towards reducing your heating costs. Iím an energy auditor and I can assure you that in most cases, some easy air sealing and well placed insulation will be a lot less expensive and produce better results. Then, if you ultimately still want a new system, it will be sized for the better insulated home, a lot smaller. Itís a win, win approach.

Tell us about your home and we can get you started.
Old 02-14-09, 08:43 PM
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A quote I got from Xiphias that I like:

"Insulation is fuel that you only pay for once."

Infiltration, Insulation, Windows/Doors... seal up that building envelope!

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