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Very old boiler, converted to gas from coal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hynek Aug 6. 2 Replies

Homeowner has a very old boiler, showing former use of coal before it was converted to natural gas. Online, I read that even these old boilers were not so inefficient. 70-80% seasonal efficiency,…Continue

 

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Don Hynek replied to Lucyna de Barbaro's discussion Very old boiler, converted to gas from coal
"Not a lot of info here, but here goes... At the age you describe, it's possible that this is a steam system, making hot water with a sidearm. That would fit the summer gas use, too -- that's an outrageous summer consumption for a single…"
Aug 6
Brad Cook replied to Lucyna de Barbaro's discussion Very old boiler, converted to gas from coal
"If the boiler is not also heating domestic water, then do shut it down. Shut off the gas valve as well. It should also be set for a cold start, only firing up when there is a call for heat."
Aug 2
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Very old boiler, converted to gas from coal

Homeowner has a very old boiler, showing former use of coal before it was converted to natural gas. Online, I read that even these old boilers were not so inefficient. 70-80% seasonal efficiency, depending on how badly oversized the system is. Does anyone have different understanding? One peculiarity, one can hear the boiler pilot light running, and the gas consumption is relatively high in summer at ~50-60 Therms. (Could be due to hot water and cooking...?). 2 residents, 1500 sf house in…See More
Jul 26
Lucyna de Barbaro commented on Diane Chojnowski's blog post Deep energy retrofit of two hundred year old house
"Would anyone know what was involved in the window retrofit? Was it starting from single pane or double pane windows? I ask because I'm curious about the statement that air sealing improved efficiency almost the same as the new windows. And…"
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Lucyna de Barbaro commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post The Silver Bullet to Zero Energy Affordability, by Paul Springer
"I looked at this product at the Home Performance Coalition conference 2018 in Philly and am hopeful that this becomes one of the tools people have at their disposal to work on making homes more air tight. Having experienced all the challenges in…"
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Lucyna de Barbaro commented on Chris Morin's blog post HVAC: A Fast Growing Career Opportunity
"Hi Chris, I would be interested to hear from you if/to what extent HVAC trades people are trained and embrace the need for energy efficiency in homes... I think quite a lot depends on their work, Thanks, Lucyna"
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"Hi Lucyna, Welcome to Home Energy Pros Forum. Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for…"
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At 3:15pm on December 13, 2017, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Lucyna,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros Forum. Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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