Energy Efficiency | Installing Boiler Has Owner Seeing Green
In many sizable purchases, comfort and convenience are top requirements for homeowners. Shortly behind these two—when talking specifically about appliances—comes utility costs. As with anything else, what’s written on paper or discussed with a sales person may sound like the ideal solution, but the proof is in the savings—just ask Anne Grossi.
A Little Background
When Anne, a Bedford-New Hampshire resident, looked to replace her standard boiler/indirect tank system, she wanted an energy efficient option that offered reliable comfort and utility savings. After researching her options, Anne selected a condensing boiler, which offered a two-in-one home- and water-heating solution for her 1,400-square-foot townhome.
Why Condensing Technology Makes “Cents”
Condensing technology ensures a homeowner gets the most bang for their buck when it comes to the heat produced by the unit. It extracts additional heat from the exhaust before it leaves the unit and, therefore, can help reduce monthly utility bills—one of Anne’s requirements.
Apples to Apples
To appropriately compare gas usage of the old heating system versus the new heating system, the number of heating degree days was determined for both years and adjusted to ensure an accurate comparison. As a result, it was projected that the standard boiler/indirect tank system used 391 therms, while the new condensing boiler decreased gas usage by 19 percent—or 73.25 therms.
“I was pleasantly surprised at how much my gas bill decreased during the winter months as compared to the previous year and my old system,” said Anne.
A tertiary, but important benefit the homeowner enjoyed was the endless supply of hot water delivered by the condensing boiler.
And last but certainly not least, Anne appreciated the helpful environmental impact that came with the new condensing boiler. Anne saved 1,018 pounds of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
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