Save space, energy, and money with a Combination Boiler!

Imagine one appliance that can produce both hydronic heat and hot water.  This combination provides many benefits.  By combining the functions the heating and hot water systems are more compact, more efficient, and easier to install.  Combination boilers do all this and more.

The Challenger Combination Boilers are the  most compact and lightweight combination boilers in North America.  The unique Dual-Purpose heat exchanger features two copper waterways, one for hydronic heating, and one for domestic hot water.  Heating both systems in a single heat exchanger simplifies the design and saves space.  The heat exchanger is a condensing design, resulting in high efficiency with an AFUE of up to 93%.

The unique Challenger heat exchanger contains fewer parts, reducing maintenance costs and keeping the function as simple as possible.  This simplicity helps ensure the longevity of the Challenger, ensuring the energy savings you see today last well into the future.

Challenger Combination Boilers are easy to install, reducing labor costs.  The lightweight design is able to be installed by a single person on most framed, cinder block, or concrete walls.  Contact a Triangle Tube Contractor for more information.  Triangle Tube is the leading designer, manufacturer, and provider of high efficiency residential boilers in North America.


What is the best time to replace your boiler and hot water heater?

Installing a new boiler and / or water heater is a big decision that many homeowners face at least once.  It is important to select the right system, and have it installed at the time that is most convenient for you.  In addition, by timing your installation correctly you can ensure that you can have the system installed at the best possible cost.  

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The early fall is one of the best times for a new boiler installation.  Most installers are less busy at this time because there is a lull between the air conditioning and heating seasons.  If you wait until late November or December many installers will be very busy and it will be more difficult to find a time that works for you.  In addition,  the system should be installed when heat is not required. Obviously during installation the heat will be off for a period of time.  


Combination Boiler

Select a contractor that has the products and service that you require and fits your budget.  You may want to contact 2 or 3 contractors to get their opinions on the best system for you.  Click here to find Triangle Tube factory trained contractors in your area.  

To reduce your energy bills now and minimize the impact of future fuel price volatility, select high efficiency products like Triangle Tube's Condensing Boilers and Smart Indirect Water Heaters.  For smaller spaces a Combination Boiler may be the best product for you.  Combination boilers produce both heat and hot water from the same appliance.



Indirect Water Heaters: The perfect partner to your new boiler

After this winter, many homeowners will consider replacing their boiler.  The boiler that has served them well for decades has worked overtime this year.  Maybe it is time to replace it with a new, more efficient model. The energy savings and confidence in its performance will make it a wise investment.  

There are many things to consider when designing the replacement system.  Should the boiler be high Smart Indirect Water Heaterefficiency or cast iron?  Should the fuel be natural gas, propane, or oil?  How large should the boiler be?  One important consideration is; How should we heat our hot water?   

One of the most efficient and long lasting solutions for hot water heating is an indirect water heater.  And one of the most efficient indirect water heaters is the Triangle Tube Smart Series.  Smart Indirect Water Heaters feature a unique tank-in-tank design that provides a rapid recovery rate that heats water twice as fast as traditional gas water heaters and four times as fast as electric models.  For more information on the indirect water heaters click here.

Maximize the return on your boiler investment with an indirect water heater.  If you already have a traditional water heater that relatively new, then simply as your installer to provide connections that will allow an indirect water heater to be easily installed when a water heater replacement is needed.  

Contact Triangle Tube or your local factory trained contractor today for more information.


Indirect Water Heaters can replace traditional water heaters

Many homes have separate radiant (hydronic) heating systems and domestic hot water heaters.  There may have been a good reason for this in the past.  Prior to the wide availability of indirect water heaters, homeowners with radiant heat could either use a tankless coil system or they could use a traditional water heater.  Tankless coils heat domestic hot water by passing the water through a coil inside the boiler.  This has been a fairly standard water heating solution which eliminates the need to have a separate water heater.  

Indirect Water HeaterIndirect water heaters were introduced nearly 25 years ago in North America.  They heat domestic hot water with the boiler system water, eliminating the need for a separate heat source.  As boilers have become smaller, tankless coils were not practical for modern boilers and indirect water heaters became more popular.

If your home has radiant heat, and you are looking for a replacement traditional gas, oil, or electric water heater, it may make sense to replace it with an indirect water heater like the Smart Series models from Triangle Tube.  The Smart Indirect Water Heaters use a unique tank-in-tank design that reduces standby heat loss to less than 1 degree F per hour.  The Smart Series stainless steel design is robust enough to last a lifetime.  In fact it is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.  

Smart Indirect Water Heaters are a green alternative to traditional or tankless water heaters.  They can be used with traditional or high efficiency boilers which operate on oil, natural gas, or propane.  In addition there are multi-energy models to work with solar water heater systems.

To see more information about Smart Indirect Water Heaters, check out these posts.  Contact your local factory trained contractor for an in-home analysis.


Condensing Boilers: Why are they more energy efficient? (part 1)

Boilers have been used to heat homes for many decades in what are known as hydronic heating systems.  In the early days, steam was used to transfer heat from the boiler to the home.  As designs improved water boilers became the norm, providing a more reliable medium to bring the heat to the home.  In the last two decades, condensing boilers have emerged as a more efficient way to transfer heat to the water in the system.

Traditional boilers have heat exchangers made from cast iron.  Cast iron is an inexpensive material and can last many Presitge Condensing Boilerdecades in the right conditions.  One of the keys to ensuring the long life of a cast iron boiler is to avoid condensation in the heat exchanger.  Condensation will cause cast iron heat exchangers to rust and deteriorate rather quickly.   This rust will cause the heat exchanger to leak, requiring a boiler replacement.

It is relatively easy to avoid condensation in the heat exchanger.  Heating experts simply design the system to return water to the boiler at a temperature greater than 140F.  At this temperature, the heat exchanger will not get cold enough to form condensation.  

Triangle Tube is committed to energy efficiency and only produces high efficiency, condensing boilers.  All Triangle Tube condensing and combination boilers feature corrosion resistant stainless steel or aluminum heat exchangers and have AFUE's over 90%.  In fact most Prestige models are rated at 95% AFUE.

For more information on Triangle Tube's boilers contact a factory trained contractor today.


High Efficiency Boilers - How Modulation works.

There have been significant gains in the energy efficiency of hydronic heating systems in the last decade.  Many of these gains have been made possible by the use of microprocessors to better control the boiler's function.  Modulation is one of the functions that modern boiler controls have made possible that is driving energy efficiency gains.

Modulation is the term used to describe the ability of a boiler to fire at varying rates.  If you think of a gas stove, modulation is your ability to control the burner's heat output - anywhere from "warm" to "full boil". 

Traditional boilers do not have the ability to modulate.  They are either at "full boil" or they are off.  Now, think how efficient it would be to cook your dinner with this type of control.  You would be constantly turning the stove on and off, trying to maintain the right temperature.  If you consider that boilers are inefficient during the start-up periods and are actually least efficient at "full boil" otherwise known as "high-fire", you will quickly realize that this is not the best way to run a boiler.

Modern controls such as those in Prestige boilers, use a variety of sensors to monitor the boiler system and adjust (modulate) the output of the boiler to meet the heating needs of the home.  This modulation allows the boiler to run longer (fewer on and off cycles) at lower fire rates (for improved efficiency) while still maintaining the desired temperature in the Prestige Excellencehome.  Modulation is effective in residential radiant heating applications.   This is especially true in modern radiant floor heating, where the system temperatures are lower. 

Triangle Tube's Prestige Solo boilers utilize modern features such as modulation, outdoor reset, low NOx burners, and a unique stainless steel heat exchanger to deliver outstanding efficiency with an AFUE rating of 95%.  The Prestige Excellence combination boiler provides both heat and up to 180 gallons per hour of hot water from within the boiler, eliminating the need for a seperate domestic hot water tank.  All Prestige Models are available for natural gas and propane.

Smart Water HeaterIf a seperate hot water heater is desired, Triangle Tube's Smart Indirect Water Heaters are the perfect companion to the Prestige Solo.  With a unique stainless steel tank-in-tank design, the Smart indirect water heaters heat water quickly, with standby heat loss costs as little as $0.05 per day.  With a limited LIFETIME residential warranty, the Smart indirect water heaters are a sound investment.


Indirect Water Heaters prevent hot spots to extend their life

You don't need to give up performance and comfort to reduce your hot water heating costs.  Indirect water heaters can provide the performance of traditional storage type water heaters with the energy efficiency of instantaneous models.  In addition to the savings on your utility bills every month, the replacement costs can be eliminated.  

Smart Series Water HeatersThe Smart Series Indirect Water Heaters feature a stainless steel inner tank for superior corrosion resistance.  But superior materials are only half of the story.  In addition to resisting corrosion, the Smart Indirect Water Heaters feature a unique tank-in-tank design that is self cleaning and eliminate hot spots within the tank.  The stainless steel inner tank is surrounded by boiler system water in the outer tank.  This hot boiler system water is able to transfer it's heat over the entire surface of the inner tank.  This prevents the formation of hot spots within the tank.

In traditional water heaters hot spots form at the bottom of the tank in gas fired models.  In electric models the heating elements are hot spots.  And in most other indirect water heaters, the heating coil within the tank is a hot spot.  Why are hot spots a failure method?  Hot spots encourage scale formation.  The suspended minerals in water are attracted to heat, and will gather on the hottest areas in the tank.  As this scale builds up, it acts as insulation on the heating element.  This makes the hot spot hotter, encouraging more scale formation, and then insulating the hot spot further.

Eventually this area becomes so hot, that the area fails.  Tanks will fail due to the stress caused by the extreme heat.  

Triangle Tube's Smart Series Indirect Water Heaters virtually eliminate this problem.  They are backed by a lifetime replacement warranty as prove of their durability.  There are 7 sizes to choose from from 30 gallons to 120 gallons  Contact Triangle Tube or your local Triangle Tube installer for more information.


Energy Saving Water Heaters utilizes Home Boiler as the heat source

Heating the water for your shower and sink accounts for 15 to 20% of the average home's utility bills.  An energy efficient water heater is the right choice to help save money and Smart Indirect Water Heatershelp the environment.  For homes with hydronic heating systems, replacing a traditional water heater with an indirect water heater will deliver significant savings.  Triangle Tube's Smart Indirect Water Heaters lead the industry in efficiency, performance, and durability.

An indirect water heater uses the home's boiler as the heat source.  This allows the water heater to be completely sealed.  While a traditional non-electric water heater has a flue in the center, which is a source of constant heat loss, an indirect water eliminates this flue, eliminating the heat loss.  The Smart Indirect Water Heater is wrapped in 2 inches of foam, which reduces the heat loss to 1/2 degree F per hour.  The Smart 40 keeps 40 gallons of hot water ready for use for less than $0.05 per day when heating with natural gas

The unique tank-in-tank design of the Smart Indirect Water Heaters also provides rapid heat transfer, heating water twice as fast as a traditional natural gas, propane, or oil model and 4 times as fast as electric models.  This effectiveness allows a Smart 40 to be used as replacements for traditional 50 gallon models with no loss in performance in most cases.

Contact your Triangle Tube Contractor for more information.


Combine a High Efficiency Boiler with an Indirect Water Heater for maximum efficiency

When looking for ways to reduce heating costs a high efficiency boiler is an obvious place to start.  Advances in heat exchanger design and burner control technology allows high Prestige Modulating Boilerefficiency boilers to use up to 30% less fuel than their traditional counterparts.  Triangle Tube specializes in high efficiency boilers and produces three models.  Challenger models feature a unique copper water tube design in an aluminum heat exchanger.  Keystone models feature a stainless steel water tube design for larger residences and light commercial applications.  Prestige models feature a stainless steel fire tube heat exchanger with the unique TriMax control.  All Triangle Tube boilers are designed to run on either Natural Gas or Propane.  They feature efficiencies of between 90% and 95% AFUE.  

Smart Indirect Water HeatersWhen looking for maximum efficiency, there is no need to stop with the boiler.  It is important to look at all of the parts of the system.  For example installing radiant floor heating instead of traditional radiators can deliver both energy savings and a more comfortable home.  Significant energy savings can also be achieved by installing an indirect water heater.  Water heating accounts for 14% of the typical home's energy use so savings in water heating can add up quickly.  Triangle Tube's Smart Indirect Water Heaters feature a unique stainless steel tank-in-tank design that provides maximum efficiency throughout it's long life.  And the Smart Indirect Water Heaters are designed to have a long life, backed by their lifetime replacement warranty.  The energy savings combined with the lifetime guarantee make the Smart Indirect Water Heaters a Smart Choice ! 


High Efficiency boilers insulate you from fuel price increases

Prestige Solo

The recent  volatility in fuel prices demonstrates the benefits of upgrading to a high efficiency boiler.  With everything else that life throws at you, the comfort in knowing that your heating bills are insulated from the price swings.  This is not to say that the increases in fuel costs will not impact you, but their impact will be greatly reduced.

Radiant heat is the most effective, comfortable, and efficient available.  Choosing a high efficiency boiler is the smart choice, because it gives you the peace of mind that your energy bills will be as low as possible.  Triangle Tube's Challenger and Prestige Modulating and Condensing Boilers lead the industry with proven reliability and and advanced technology.  

The Prestige Condensing Boiler and the Prestige Excellence Combination Boiler feature the industry leading TriMax control.  The TriMax control is easy to use, and helps maximize your heating system's efficiency with its dual zone control.  The Prestige boilers were the pioneers of the residential fire tube heat exchanger which features a high water content for low pressure drop and a self cleaning design for low maintenance.  

The Challenger Solo and Combination boilers feature the unique copper and aluminum heat exchanger for efficient heat transfer and long life.  The dual-flow heat exchanger in the Challenger Combination boiler eliminates the secondary heat exchanger in most combination boilers for reduced weight and space.  

Contact a local factory trained contractor today for more information. 



High Efficiency Boilers and Water Heaters Pay Immediate Dividends

When the time comes to replace your boiler or water heater you are presented with the opportunity to reduce your overall costs. If you replace your system with a traditional boiler or water heater you will be making an

 investment that will simply replace your old system with a new system that is only marginally more efficient.  

Replacing your heating system with a high efficiency condensing boiler or indirect water heater will maximize the return on your investment.  New condensing modulating boilers provide AFUE efficiencies of up to 95%.  Adding an indirect water heater to your system allows you to use your high efficiency boiler to heat your domestic hot water also, providing further savings.  In many cases the energy savings can be 40 to 50% or higher.Smart Water Heaters

Triangle Tube specializes only in high efficiency boilers and water heaters.  The Prestige and Challenger Boilers have efficiencies of 95% AFUE.  Triangle Tube's Smart Indirect Water Heater feature a unique tank-in-tank design surrounded by 2 inches of insulating foam.

Contact your Triangle Tube contractor for more information.


Heat your Hot Water with the Summer (and Winter) Sun

A July day outside can make you appreciate the power of the sun.  Solar panels are appearing in more places and when most people think of solar energy they think of the solar pv panels that generate electricity.  But the solar systems with the quickest payback are solar thermal systems.  These systems can provide heat and hot water at near zero cost.  And considering that hot water represents 15% of a typical home's heating bill, this is can add up to a significant amount.

Solar thermal systems heat water or a water-glycol mixture that is then used to heat domestic water or a home using hydronic heating.  Triangle Tube's Smart SME Indirect Water Heaters are designed to be the heart of a solar thermal system.  The Smart SME Indirect Water Heater contains an stainless steel heat exchanger coil for the solar system fluid.  This coil is surrounded by the hydronic heating system water, which allows the solar system to transfer heat to the home when desired. 

The Smart SME also contains a stainless steel tank that contains domestic water.  This tank accepts heat from the hydronic system water that has been heated by the solar thermal system.  The Smart SME features the unique tank-in-tank design that virtually eliminates scale build-up that will ensure efficient heating throughout the life of the system.

Smart SME Indirect Water Heaters are available in three sizes with 60, 80 and 120 gallons of storage capacity.  Contact Triangle Tube to learn more about these green water heating products !



Condensing Boiler and Indirect Water Heater featured in LEED Green Home

Triangle Tube's Prestige Condensing Boiler and Smart Indirect Water Heater are key hydronic heating system components in a new Green home in New York state.   Malcolm Rowe has constructed a new Energy Star rated home that features the latest technology for environmentally friendly comfort.

Rowe selected the Prestige Condensing Boiler and Smart Indirect Water Heater not only for their energy efficiency, but for their reliability.  The unique design of these two components ensures high efficiency throughout the life of the product while minimizing their maintenance costs.

Click here to read more about the total system approach featured in this home.  By combining the system design practices with the latest technology, the home minimizes its environmental impact.    The low NOx Prestige Boiler works in conjunction with a geothermal system to heat radiant floors.



Prestige Condensing Boilers Cut Office Fuel Bills 58%

O&G Industries, a global construction materials and services company purchased and converted a Torrington, CT post office building into office space.  As part of the conversion, O&G wisely decided to remove a 40 year old, 1 million Btu/hr oil fired boiler.  They called in Stafford Mechanical Services to perform the conversion. 

Stafford Mechanical Services focuses on designing and installing energy saving projects. After performing a comprehensive energy audit, they determined that natural gas boilers would provide superior energy cost savings compared to oil fired boilers.  Triangle Tube’s 95% efficient Prestige boilers were the best replacements for the old boiler.  Gary Reviczky, of Stafford Mechanical Services noted, “I selected the Triangle Tube Prestige boilers based on my experience with them.  They have proven to be both easy to install and highly reliable.”

Two Prestige Solo 399 boilers, with a total input of nearly 800,000 Btu/hr. replaced the old 1 million Btu/hr. cast iron boiler.  A Triangle Tube Mini-Mod Control provides for the outdoor reset feature to modulate the system water temperature, while the full parallel modulation maximizes the system’s efficiency by operating the boilers at the minimum possible firing rate.  The Triangle Tube boilers increased the heating system turndown to nearly 8 to 1, which minimized boiler cycling and optimized the efficiency.

Prestige BoilerThe Prestige boilers were vented using PVC piping in the existing 30 foot chimney.   This prevented the need for additional holes in the wall and visible vent piping on the exterior.  The wall mounted Prestige boilers freed up the floor space in the boiler room and allowed the piping to be neatly organized.

The old boiler consumed 4,850 gallons during a normal heating season.  At a price of $3.60 per gallon of heating oil, this would cost $17,460.  During the 2010-11 heating season, O&G’s heating cost with the Triangle Tube system was just $7404.  This is a 58% reduction.  The 2010-11 heating season was one of the colder ones in recent memory, so further savings are expected in the future.

Stafford Mechanical Services selected Triangle Tube Prestige boilers helped to convert an old post office to an energy efficient office building.  The building’s owners, O&G Industries will have a more energy efficient workplace for many years to come.


Condensing Boilers make Hot Water Too

I had the opportunity to speak with a homeowner recently who was looking for a contractor to service her boiler.  Unfortunately the firm that she had used to install her boiler not only did a poor job in the installation, but also installed more equipment than she needs.  This brings to mind two important points.

First, the vast majority of problems that homeowners encounter with their hydronic heating systems could have been avoided with proper system design.  This is why hiring a highly qualified contractor is so important.  A good contractor will foresee any system design issues and save you money in the long run.  Triangle Tube's Certified Contractor Locator (click here) will email you a list of up to 5 contractors in your area that can meet your needs.

Smart Indirect Water HeaterSecond, one of the big advantages of hydronic heating systems is the ability for your boiler to heat your domestic hot water as well.  Take advantage of this by installing a Smart Indirect Water Heater to go with your boiler.  Many homeowners are interested in energy efficiency and are interested in an instantaneous water heater.  However the Smart Indirect Water Heater is extremely energy efficient and costs only $0.05 per day to keep 40 gallons of hot water ready for use.  Unfortunately this homeowner, interested in doing what she thought (and was told) was best purchased an instantaneous water heater in addition to her boiler.  She could not get the performance she wanted from the instantaneous water heater and was considering a hybrid water heater.  As I explained the value of the Smart Indirect Heater, that would be more energy efficient and cost half as much to install as the hybrid water heater, I realized how important it is to get good advice.

Contract Triangle Tube for more information on condensing boilers and indirect water heaters. 

The four keys to Boiler Replacement

There are four keys to successfully replacing your boiler.  By following these keys, you will ensure a fast trouble-free installation and much lower utility bills.  Prestige Boiler

1)  Selecting the right product - Craftsmen will tell you that building a fine piece of furniture starts with selecting the right wood.  The same is true in boiler replacement.  By selecting a reliable, highly efficient boiler, you will ensure that the project will be a success if the three other keys are followed.  Choosing a poorly designed product will ensure long term dissatisfaction, even if the other keys are correct.  Triangle Tube's Prestige and Challenger boilers are industry leaders in reliability and efficiency.  For more information on this, see the end of this post.

2)  Select the right contractor - Once again, a good contractor will make or break the project.  There is much more involved in replacing a boiler than simply removing the old boiler and inserting a new one.  The boiler must be sized and the piping layout reviewed to ensure that the heating system works in harmony.  A good contractor will have experience and proper training to know how to join all of the parts of the heating system into an efficient, effective, heating machine.  Click here to find certified Triangle Tube contractors in your area.

3)  Size the boiler properly - A lot has changed in your home since the last boiler was installed.  Perhaps you have new windows and/or doors.  Perhaps radiant floor heating was installed.  An addition may have been added, the attic has been insulated.  A proper heat loss analysis must be performed to select the proper boiler for the house.  An boiler that is too large will cause excessive cycling and drive up energy costs.  One that is too small will not keep the house warm on the coldest days.

4)  Use outdoor reset - One of the biggest efficiency gains in new boilers is the ability to use computer technology to adjust the hydronic system to the heating load.  As the weather gets warmer, less heat is required.  By lowering the system temperature, the house is able to be heated much more efficiently.  Please make sure this important feature is being used.  For more information on outdoor reset, click here.

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Triangle Tube's Prestige and Challenger boilers are modern, highly efficient, natural gas or propane boilers that have excellent track records in reliability.  With AFUEs of 95% or higher, and low NOx emissions, these are responsible, green choices for both the environment and your budget.  When paired with a Smart Indirect Fired Water Heater, they form the right solution for your residential heat and hot water needs.  


Indirect Water Heater - See how it's made !

How It's Made has been a very successful show on TV for good reason.  How many of us haven't wondered how things we use every day are made?  Today's manufacturing techniques make our standard of living possible by allowing products to be manufactured reliably and cost effectively. 

Nowhere is this more evident than at Triangle Tube's Indirect Water Heater factory.  How doSmart Indirect Water Heater we get a stainless steel inner tank inside the steel outer tank?  Using stamping presses, robots, and laser welding these tanks are created from steel and stainless steel sheets and tube, assembled, and then insulated to provide the highest level of energy efficiency.

Now you can go inside Triangle Tube's factory without bording a plane.  Click HERE to begin your tour.  You will see the Artisanship and Automation that creates the Smart Indirect Water Heater.  Smart Indirect Water Heaters feature a unique tank-in-tank design that virtually eliminates limescale buildup - which ruins most other water heaters.  Smart Indirect Water Heaters can be paired with a new or existing boiler, regardless of the make of the boiler. 

Of course we recommend that you consider using a Triangle Tube Prestige Condensing Boiler for optimum performance. The Prestige is extremely energy efficient, with an AFUE of 96%, and uses advanced control technology to match your heating needs to the heating system to maximize your energy savings.

To learn more about the Smart Indirect Water Heater, click HERE to see more blog posts describing its benefits, or HERE to go to our website for more information.

High Efficiency Boiler Trio - Challenger and Prestige and Prestige Excellence expand options for Homeowners & Installers

Triangle Tube is proud to announce the availability of the new Challenger Combination Boiler.  This boiler joins the industry leading Prestige boiler and the Prestige Excellence to provide a powerful lineup to meet residential and commercial hydronic heating and hot water needs.
Challenger Combination Boiler
The Challenger features a unique copper and aluminum heat exchanger that heats both the space heating system water and the domestic hot water within the one heat exchanger.  The copper waterways are overmolded with aluminum to provide an efficient heat exchanger, eliminating hot spots and maximizing the condensing efficiency.  The Challenger is the only Combination Boiler that is certified as both a boiler and a heat exchanger.  In addition the Challenger is unique because it condenses in both space heating and domestic hot water modes.  The Challenger is available wPrestige High Efficiency Condensing Boilerith inputs of 84, 106, and 124 MBH.

Triangle Tube's industry leading Prestige condensing boiler features a stainless steel fire tube heat exchanger that provides an industry-low pressure drop.  This minimizes pump electric consumption and allows the Prestige to be used in reverse-return installations.  The Prestige is available with inputs from 60 to 399 MBH.  The Prestige 110 MBH size is pre-piped for use with an indirect fired water heater such as Triangle Tube's Smart models.  
Prestige Excellence Boiler & Water Heater 
The Prestige Excellence is a truly unique boiler and water heater combination.  Unlike a Combi boiler such as the Challenger that will provide domestic hot water on demand, the Prestige Excellence includes an integrated tank-in-tank water heater with 14 gallons of stored domestic hot water.  This provides the instant hot water response that homeowners have come to expect from a typical hot water storage tank, along with the compact size and energy efficiency of a combi boiler or instantaneous water heater. 

The Challenger, Prestige, and Prestige Excellence are efficiency leaders with AFUEs of 95% and above.  All models use natural gas or propane and feature green emissions that meet California's SCAQMD requirements for Low NOx emissions.  All models use modern controls, outdoor reset, and modulation to maximize efficiency. 

Triangle Tube's Challenger, Prestige, and Prestige Excellence boilers provide a wide selection of solutions to today's needs for high efficiency boilers.

Outdoor Reset Maximizes Spring Energy Savings

2010 was another record year for high efficiency boiler sales.  If you have made this investment, now is the time to make sure that it is operating at peak efficiency.  One of the key features of hgh efficiency boilers is the Outdoor Reset feature. 

Outdoor reset simply matches the boiler system temperature with the outdoor temperature.  In a boiler system, the hotter the water supplied by the boiler, the more heat that the radiant heaters can supply to the home.  However, boiler system efficiency decreases as the water supply temperature increases.  Therefore, to maximize the system efficiency, you want the boiler to supply water at the lowest possible temperature.

Outdoor reset allows the boiler to maintain a lower supply temperature as the outdoor Boiler Efficiency Graphtemperature increases.  This increases the boiler's efficiency while still maintaining the warmth in the home.

Modern high efficiency boilers, such as Triangle Tube's Prestige or Challenger boilers use outdoor reset to maximize their efficiency.  These boilers are supplied with an outdoor temperature sensor that can be easily installed on an exterior wall.  This sensor is then connected to the boiler controller.  The boiler is then programmed to vary the boiler supply temperature with the outside temperature. 

Challenger Combination BoilerSpring is the season where outdoor reset really pays off.  As the temperature outside rises, you can rest assured that your Prestige or Challenger boiler is running more efficiently than ever.

Heating Oil Price jump makes High Efficiency Boilers even more attractive

2011 has started out as a good year for heating oil prices - if you have your own well !  ButHeating Oil Futures are up 50% if you are relying on it for heat and hot water, you may have another opinion.  The attached chart from the US Energy Information Administration documents the 50% increase in heating oil futures in 2011.  While you may have locked in your oil rates for the heating season, now is the time to consider your alternatives for your heating system this fall.

There are many advantages to the natural gas boilers and indirect water heaters from Triangle Tube.  Because natural gas burns cleaner than fuel oil, it is not only good for the environment with its low NOx emissions, but it also greatly reduces the ongoing service costs.  And homegrown natural gas is abundant in North America, giving it much better price stability.
Challenger Combination Boiler
Prestige BoilerTriangle Tube's Prestige and Challenger condensing boilers achieve AFUE ratings of 95% or greater, putting them at the top of the market.  The boilers use modulation to further improve their efficiency compared to older boilers (click here to read more about modulation).  This is especially helpful in the spring and fall (the majority of the heating season) as it allows the boiler to run longer at lower firing rates, increasing efficiency.

The SMART indirect water heaters team up with the Prestige to provide plentiful hot water at a maximum efficiency.  The unique stainless steel tank-in-tank design quickly heats the water while the 2 inch foam insulation reduces standby heat loss to a nickle a day.  Instantaneous water heaters can't match the lifetime warranty on the Smart water heaters, making them the Smart choice for your home and wallet.

Prepare for the fall heating season now.  Eliminate the volatility of the heating oil market with a new natural gas boiler.  Contact Triangle Tube today for more information.