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What boiler would you put in your house

Will82
Will82 Member Posts: 41
I was still wondering what boilers are the best of the best. So the best way to look at it what would you put in your house? Under 85,000 BTUs
Example
Lochinvar KHN085
Reason: It has a turn down 10:0 and conxus.
Or
Navien NCE-150E
Reason: because it is a combi unit

Comments

  • Will82
    Will82 Member Posts: 41
    I figured the best way to look at it if you put it in your house then for some reason you would think it's the best.
  • BPH
    BPH Member Posts: 39
    I agree with hatterasguy... you've been given all the options necessary just need to pull the trigger.
    There is no best of the best.
  • njtommy
    njtommy Member Posts: 1,105
    I have a Navien NCB in my house. I like it it's been very reliable.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,338
    For me? A good cast-iron boiler. Simple and reliable.
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  • Eastman
    Eastman Member Posts: 927
    I want an Iron Fireman system.
    New England SteamWorks
  • Boon
    Boon Member Posts: 247
    edited January 2017
    I'll give you my KHN085 when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
    ... looks like everyone has a different answer
    DIY'er ... ripped out a perfectly good forced-air furnace and replaced it with hot water & radiators.
  • John Mills_5
    John Mills_5 Member Posts: 935
    If I had baseboard, I'd probably do a simple cast iron. With radiant or converted gravity, like the house I grew up in, I'd probably look into mod con. Some of you northeasterners have healthy rebates toward mod cons, around here there aren't so they are very salty - huge premium over a cast iron not counting the extra piping many need with p/s. As unreliable as stuff is these days, KISS.
  • gschallert
    gschallert Member Posts: 170

    If I had baseboard, I'd probably do a simple cast iron. Some of you northeasterners have healthy rebates toward mod cons, around here there aren't so they are very salty - huge premium over a cast iron not counting the extra piping many need with p/s. As unreliable as stuff is these days, KISS.

    That's what we did. Vendors really pushed the mod-cons but even with rebates (which aren't so healthy in my neck of the woods anymore) the money I saved going with tried and true cast iron & indirect means I have enough left in the budget for cooling and shoulder season heating with a mini split system. Almost everyone I know with hydronic baseboard is going with mini splits for AC rather than try to retrofit ductwork and it's silly not to do a heat pump with that at the same time.
  • Eastman
    Eastman Member Posts: 927
    Baseboard is low mass. I'd rather have a modulating boiler with a low mass system, regardless of whether condensing is a factor or not. If that's not an option, I'd consider installing a bang bang boiler that is significantly undersized.
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