New Prestige Condensing Boiler Video Highlights Advanced Features

The New Prestige Condensing Boiler has advanced features that further advance its position as the most reliable, user-friendly, and easy to install natural gas or propane boiler available.  The Prestige's high efficiency design provides an AFUE of 96% making it the green choice for residential and light commercial hydronic heating systems.  The Prestige Solo can be combined with a Smart Indirect Water Heater for domestic water needs while the Prestige Excellence can provide both space heating and domestic hot water from a single unit.

This video provides an overview of the advanced features of the new Prestige.  For more infomation visit Triangle Tube's website today. 

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New Prestige Boiler Wiring Simplifies Installation

Prestige Condensing BoilerTriangle Tube's Prestige Boiler revolutionized the residential high efficiency boiler industry in 2003.  While the Prestige line has expanded and improved over the years, the latest revisions represent the most significant improvements to the Prestige.  The Prestige has led the industry for nearly a decade and the newest generation further solidifies this position.

The TriMax control truly differentiates the Prestige from the competition with unmatched simplicity in use and power in control.  With features like a 60 second EZ setup the TriMax makes control both intuitive and efficient.  A complete feature on the TriMax control will be coming in the near future.
Prestige Solo Boiler Internal View
While the TriMax truly differentiates the Prestige from the competition, there are many other changes that improve the ease of installation, ease of use, and long term reliability of the Prestige.  The Prestige wiring panel has been greatly improved to make wiring the boiler easier than ever.  All external wires are routed into the bottom of the enclosure through one of the 9 knock-outs.  Each knockout is located near a terminal, allowing for neat wiring within the boiler.  All low voltage wiring is located on the left side of the enclosure while the high voltage is on the right.  This simplifies wiring and minimizes electrical interference.  Finally, each high voltage connection is individually fused, making troubleshooting fast and easy. 

The wiring connections are on a fixed panel, eliminating movement that could dislodge them during servicing.  A wiring harness joins them to the TriMax control panel that conveniently folds down for easy access during routine service.  When servicing is complete the panel folds up again and is held in place with two slide latches.  No tools required !

The Prestige Solo and Prestige Excellence boilers are designed for ease of use and long term reliability.  Using natural gas or propane, they deliver hydronic heat efficiently with an AFUE of 96%.  Their stainless steel, condensing heat exchanger is perfect for residential radiant heating applications and deliver maximum efficiency with radiant floor heating. 

The Prestige Solo can be combined with a Smart Indirect Water Heater for domestic hot water needs.  The Prestige Excellence comes with an internal indirect water heater for up to 180 gallons per hour of domestic hot water.  Click here for an brief video describing the benefits of the Prestige boilers.
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Prestige Condensing Boiler featured at AHR Show

Triangle Tube introduced the new Prestige Condensing Boiler with TriMax control was featured at the AHR show in Chicago from 23 to 25 January.  This new boiler attracted a high level of interest from contractors, wholesalers, sales representatives, and competitors.  Once again Triangle Tube has set a new and unique standard for performance, reliability, and ease of use.

Prestige Condensing BoilerThe new Prestige condensing, modulating boiler has been designed to improve the user experience throughout the life of the boiler.  The Prestige uses natural gas or propane to provide hydronic heat or domestic hot water with an indirect water heater.  The electrical wiring has been designed for simplicity, and the heat exchanger has been improved for a 25% reduction in thermal stress.  The venting has been redesigned to be corrosion-proof and the piping locations have been maintained for interchangeability with previous models.

The new TriMax control is the most advanced, yet easiest to use control in the industry.  Two years of development have been focused on one goal - to make the control intuitive to use, thereby making it flow naturally.  For more information, click here.
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Challenger Solo Boiler now has 145 MBH model !

The Challenger Solo Condensing Boiler now can meet higher needs with the new CC150s model.  The Challenger Solo Boilers are available in 4 sizes from 85 to 145 MBH.  The Challenger Solo BoilerCC150s features a compact design that allows it to be installed in the smallest spaces.

The light weight copper tube heat exchanger with an aluminum heat exchanger block provides both durability and ease of use.  The water side of the heat exchanger is contained in the copper tubes allowing the use of glycol and ensuring long life.  The combustion air side of the heat exchanger is aluminum for maximum heat transfer for an AFUE of 93%.

The Challenger Solo 150 is the perfect fit for most residences for natural gas or propane radiant heating in new construction and replacement applications.  Efficiency can be maximized with radiant floor heating with either wood or concrete slabs.  The Challenger Solo 150 provides a rapid domestic hot water response when paired with an indirect water heater such as Triangle Tube's Smart series
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Challenger Condensing Solo Boiler Provides High Efficiency Heating

The new Challenger Solo Condensing Boiler joins the Challenger Combi BoChallenger Solo Condensing Boileriler in providing high efficiency hydronic heating in a compact package.  The Challenger Combi boiler provides both heat and domestic hot water, eliminating the need for a separate water heater.  The Challenger Solo boiler provides heat and can provide domestic hot water when paired with an indirect water heater.

The Challenger Solo boiler features a copper tube heat exchanger with an aluminum combustion block.  This unique design is durable and suitable for glycol applications because the system water or glycol flows only in the copper piping.  The aluminum block efficiently transfers the heat from the combustion air and it's light weight makes installation easy.

The Challenger Solo is available in 85, 105, and 125 MBH sizes.  These models are sized to meet the needs of today's homes.  By modulating its output to match the radiant heating needs, the Challenger Solos will operate longer at lower temperatures, which improves efficiency.  These sizes of the Challenger Solo have an AFUE of 95% and operate on either natural gas or propane. 

Smart Indirect Water HeaterThe Challenger Solos can provide domestic hot water when paired with a Smart Indirect Water Heater.  The Smart can be sized to fit the needs of the residence, providing the instant hot water response that is expected from traditional tank water heaters, with the efficiency of an instantaneous water heater.

Click here for information about the Challenger Solo Condensing Boiler or other Triangle Tube products.


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Wall Mounted Boilers Help Protect Against Flood Damage

The recent floods in the Northeast and Midwest have created quite a bit of havoc so far this year.  We can only hope that the worst is past and that those affected will be able to quickly make repairs and move ahead with their lives. 
Wall Mounted Prestige Boiler
Unfortunately a flooded basement will require the replacement of a boiler if the flood waters are able to enter the boiler enclosure.  This brings into focus another advantage of the Prestige Challenger and Prestige Wall Hung Condensing Boilers.  We have heard many accounts from homeowners where, although they had flood water in their basement, the water had not reached the boiler.  

The Prestige Condensing Boilers and the Challenger Combination Boilers are designed to be wall mounted.   This brings key components to eye level, which enables the boilers to be serviced and checked more easily.  The Prestige and Challenger are highly efficiency boilers with AFUEs of 96% and 95% respectively.  They are available in natural gas or propane, and are a green choice with low NOx emissions.  

The Challenger Combination Boiler can provide up to 3 GPM of hot water, while the Prestige Excellence can provide up to 180 GPH from its internal storage tank.  The Prestige Solo models can be combined with a Smart Indirect Water Heater to provide plentiful hot water.

If you are replacing a flood damaged boiler or adding a new boiler, consider the advantages of the wall mounted Prestige or Challenger boilers from Triangle Tube.  They could save you time and trouble in the future.

   
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Condensing Boiler Ventilation - More Options than Ever !

In another post (click here) I described the combustion process for high efficiency boilers like Triangle Tube's Prestige and Challenger condensing boilers.    One of the key things to consider when installing a high efficiency boiler is the ventilation.  The ventilation is much different than a traditional atmospheric boiler.  The good news is that there are now more options than ever.

Traditional boilers burn an open flame that uses room air for the combustion process.  Heat then draws the flue gases naturally out a chimney or flue pipe.  Dampers are used to minimize the flow of outside air back into the house through the flue.  This process, while simple, is inefficient as it sends previously heated room air that is used in the combustion process up the flue.  In addition outside air frequently makes its way back through the flue damper into the room.

High efficiency boilers use a sealed combustion process.  Air is pushed into the burner by a fan.  This air is usually piped from the outside directly to the boiler to minimize drafts.  Room air can often be used, but in most cases, especially residential, this is not optimum as the room air has been heated so the energy that was used to heat the air was wasted.

Vertical TerminationOnce the propane or natural gas fuel has been burned and the gas has passed through the heat exchanger, it is critical that this flue gas is properly sent outside.  Traditional boilers would use a chimney in most cases to carry the flue gas outside.  The natural convection of the hot flue gases would rise naturally up the chimney.  Because high efficiency boilers use a fan to drive the gases, and because their flue gases are not as hot as a traditional boiler (resulting in low NOx emissions), a chimney cannot be used directly as the flue-way.  It can be used as the chase that holds a flue pipe. The Prestige is approved to be vented through a chimney using a flexible polypropylene flue-way. This allows the flue-way to be installed around bends in a chimney making it much easier to use the chimney as a chase.

If an existing chimney cannot be used the Prestige and Challenger can both be vented Sidewall Terminationvertically through a roof or horizontally through a wall.  There are many options for the terminations of the venting that will allow it to both function properly and look attractive.  Engineered terminations can help prevent flue gas recirculation, which can destroy a boiler.  It is important that the location of the venting be considered.  It must be located far enough from doorways and windows so that the flue gas cannot enter the house.  Triangle Tube's boilers are supplied with guides that outline the options. 


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Condensing Boiler Combustion Basics

Today's condensing boilers are much different than their predecessors.  Condensing boilers feature efficiencies over 90% with Triangle Tube's Prestige and Challenger boilers reaching  AFUEs of 96% and 95% respectively.   Much of these efficiency gains come from much Prestige Boilerbetter control of the combustion process.

High efficiency boilers use a sealed combustion process where a fan brings air and fuel (natural gas or propane) into the burner.  In most cases this air is brought into the boiler from the outside.  This avoids the creation of a negative pressure zone in the house and also avoids sending heated air out the flue pipe.  A gas valve senses the air pressure from the fan and allows a precisely metered amount of gas into the burner.  

The fan speed will determine how much gas is consumed and how much heat is produced.  The boiler's control will determine how fast the fan should go based on the heating load.  When the heating load is low, the fan will slow down, drawing less gas, and producing less heat.  This provides two benefits.  First, the combustion process is more efficient when it is burning at "low fire" than it is at "high fire".  So the more time the boiler operates at lower firing rates the more fuel efficient it is.  Second, this minimizes the cycling of the boiler from "on" to "off".  Cycling both reduces the fuel efficiency and increases the wear on the hydronic heating system.
Prestige Burner Head
The gas-air mixture is burned on a burner head.  The Prestige burner head is shown here.  The flame is controlled on the burner head to maximize the efficiency, which minimizes emissions.  These burner heads are highly engineered to hold the flame properly throughout the range of firing rates.  The flame is lit by the ignitor, which is the orange rod shown in the picture.  Unlike the standing pilots used in boilers in the past, today's high efficiency boilers use electronic ignition, eliminating the waste from burning the standing pilot.

This process is much more precise than the traditional atmospheric burners in older boilers.  Triangle Tube has designed boiler combustion processes to maximize the efficiency of their boilers.  As technology evolves, tomorrow's boilers will continue improve their efficiency. 
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Solar Indirect Water Heater is a Green Choice

There are rapid advances in the use of the sun's energy that are makiSunng it attractive to a growing number of homeowners.  While solar power has been available for decades (even the White House had panels in the 1970's), the activity in this market is reaching a fever pitch.  These advances are reducing the costs of installation, which is driving new business, driving new investment, further reducing the costs.  That is the power of progress.

One of the best paybacks today in the solar market is solar thermal - using the sun to heat a home's hot water - and even help with some space heating.  The concept is actually very simple.  Circulate water or glycol through rooftop tubes that heat the water and then transfer that heat to domestic water.  Of course it is more complicated than it sounds and there are a lot of ways to get this done.  But the bottom line is that these relatively simple and compact systems can offset much of the energy used to heat the hot water in a home.  And this is significant because hot water Smart Multi-Energy Tankheating makes up 25% of household energy costs.

Triangle Tube offers a solar hot water solution for homes with hydronic heating.  The Smart Multi-Energy (SME) Indirect Water Heater is designed to integrate solar energy into the complete hydronic system.  The  SME contains a heat transfer coil that transfers the heat from the solar panels to the hydronic system water that surrounds a domestic water tank.  This large volume of water (both hydronic system and domestic) is able to maximize the  heat energy from the solar panels.

When the solar panels are not able to meet the demand, the hydronic system provides heat from a boiler.  Triangle Tube's Prestige and Challenger natural gas or propane boilers are green choices as their AFUE's are 96% and 95% respectively.  They feature low NOx emissions and modulating controls using outdoor reset to minimize their carbon footprint.

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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.

Challenger Boiler
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.  


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Natural Gas Condensing Boilers - The Green Solution

One of the positive changes in recent times has been the increased awareness of our impact on the environment.  It was not long ago that "Green" was not a part of our everyday terminology - and who ever heard of a carbon footprint.  Today a significant and ever-growing portion of society considers the environmental impact of their decisions on a regular basis.

Another recent positive change has been the increased use of natural gas.  Not only is it readily available in North America, but it is also a very clean burning fuel.  These two features make it very attractive for many consumers.  Finally, the Prestige Condensing Boilertechnological advancement of hydronic (boiler) heating solutions has resulted in condensing boilers that can operate at the highest levels of efficiency.

Triangle Tube helped drive the residential condensing boiler revolution with the Prestige Condensing Boiler.  Its unique stainless steel fire tube design, high efficiency (96% AFUE), and reliability have made it a leader in its market.  When combined with a Smart Indirect Water Heater, homeowners will have an extremely efficient heating and hot water system.
Challenger Combination Boiler
Triangle Tube recently added the Challenger Combination Boiler to its lineup.  This boiler combines a high efficiency (95% AFUE) boiler with an instantaneous water heater within the same unit.  The results is an appliance that provides heat and hot water from the smallest foot print imaginable.  The Challenger is perfect for closet installations or areas where space is at a premium.  

Triangle Tube's Prestige and Challenger boilers work with both natural gas and propane.  Choose one of them for your "Green" efforts.

  

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Condensing boilers and URA Softball - What do they have in common?

URA SportsThe URA rookie softball teams were battling each other on a beautiful spring evening in Chester County, PA.  The Monarchs and the Mystics were on the field and the temperature at game time was 70 degrees.  As the sun went down the temps fell into the low 60's (despite the hot bats on both sides). 

As parents put on jackets I noticed several parents leaning up against the dug-out.  Just walking within a foot or so of the dug-out wall there was a noticable jump in temperature.  The dark green wall had spent the day absorbing the heat from the sun.  Now that the cooler air was settling in, the wall was radiating its heat to those nearby.

I was able to use this to explain the benefits of radiant heating to the team.  The warmth from the wall made the air nearby warmer, but also radiated its heat to the people leaning against it.  The heat felt better than just warm air.  It had a "substance" behind it.  I am sure you have had a similar experience - so you can imagine the feeling that attracted the crowd.  Now imagine if you could have that same feeling beneath your feet all winter long.
Radiant Tubing Installation in New Construction
You can have this feeling with a radiant floor heating system.  Radiant floor heating is truly invisible and can be installed under new or existing wood, tile, or carpeted floors.  It can even be installed in new concrete slabs.  There are other types of residential radiant heat as well.  Whether it comes from a traditional cast iron radiator or baseboard or the newest residential radiant floor systems, the heat it provides can't be beat.  It is more efficient, more comfortable, and virtually silent.  

Triangle Tube provides high efficiency boilers designed to maximize the efficiency of radiant heating systems.  The Prestige Condensing Boiler, the Prestige Excellence, and the Challenger Combination Boiler all use clean natural gas or propane with AFUE's of 95% or higher.  These green boilers have low NOx emissions and use the latest hydronic controls such as outdoor reset.     

Contact Triangle Tube for more information or use the Contractor Locator to find an installer in your area. 
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Replacing your boiler or water heater? Summer is the best time to install a high efficiency boiler and water heater.

With the weather finally turning nicer and summer just around the corner it is tempting to put the memories of high heating bills and an old boiler away with the winter coats.  But now is the best time to work on replacing your old boiler and water heater.

1) Installing a new boiler in the summer allows the installer to do the work without turning off the heat in your house.  Both you and the installer will be happy about that !

2) Heating oil has reached record levels and shows no sign of a significant change.  Many people are "planning ahead" by locking in relatively low rates over the summer months.  If you can switch to natural gas you can lock in the low rates permanently. 

3)  Natural gas at $1.25 per therm is less than half the cost of heating oil at $3.70 per gallon.  If you can switch from oil to natural gas you will cut your heating bills in half - before you even consider the higher efficiency of today's boilers.

4) By acting now you will be able to have contractors focus on delivering the best hydronic heating system design for your needs.  Without the rush of emergency repairs, contractors have the time and desire to focus on your installation. 
Radiant Floor
5) By doing your research now you will be able to select the best products for your home.  You may consider installing radiant floor heating to replace a furnace or baseboard.  Radiant floor heating can be installed in many existing homes without replacing the existing wood, tile, or carpeted floors.  Working over the summer time gives you the time to make an educated decision and gives the contractor the time to get the job done before the first Prestige Condensing Boilerfrost.

As you are doing your research, be sure to consider selecting products that best fit your needs.  Triangle Tube offers two lines of natural gas or propane high efficiency condensing boilers. 

Triangle Tube's Prestige Condensing Boiler is a feature-rich boiler with a stainless steel fire-tube heat exchanger.  This heat exchanger has a high water content which maximizes efficiency by minimizing short cycling and pump electrical demand.  This boiler has become the high efficiency boiler leader due to its reliable performance and high efficiency with an AFUE of 96%.

The Prestige Excellence contains an integrated indirect water heater that allows it to not only meet your space heating demands, but also produce 180 gallons per hour of domestic hot water.  If you prefer a separate domestic hot water heater, the Smart Indirect Water Challenger Combination BoilerHeater, with a unique tank-in-tank design provides hot water with minimal standby losses and comes with a lifetime residential warranty.

Triangle Tube's Challenger Combination Boiler features a unique copper heat exchanger that provides both space heating and domestic hot water.  The Challenger is highly efficient in domestic hot water mode and has a 95% AFUE in space heating mode.

Contact Triangle Tube or use the Contractor Locator to learn more.

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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.
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Challenger Combination Boiler Features Copper Waterway Heat Exchanger

The Challenger Combination Boiler has been designed for a long and reliable life of hydronic heating and domestic hot water production.  The unique heat exchanger features copper waterways surrounded by an aluminum heat transfer block.Challenger Combination Boiler

The copper waterways ensure reliable performace.  The waterways are suitable for use with glycol, making it a perfect choice for second homes.  The copper and aluminum work together for high efficiency with an AFUE of 96%.  The condensing, modulating heat exchanger has been designed to work with both natural gas and propane. 

The domestic hot water coil integrated into the primary heat exchanger is also made from copper.  This unique system eliminates a three way valve and seperate heat exchanger normally found in combination boilers.  This results in a simpler, more reliable product. 

The Challenger Combination Boiler is an excellent choice to providing residential radiant heat and hot water in one, compact appliance.  Contact Triangle Tube for more information.
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Efficient Pool & Spa Heating from your Existing Boiler

How soon do you want to jump into your pool?  Spring is around the corner, so it's not too early to think about opening up and ePoolnjoying the pool.  It's possible to do that weeks earlier without breaking the budget on a new pool heater or the energy costs that go with it. 

By using your existing boiler, the installation costs can be minimized.  And if your boiler is a high efficiency condensing boiler like Triangle Tube's Prestige or Challenger boilers, your fuel bills can be minimized as well. 

Triangle Tube's Maxi-Flo  pool and spa heat exchangers were custom designed for pool and spa heating by residential boilers.  Their high flow designs minimize pressure drop through the heat exchanger to keep the water flowing with minimal pump load.  They have been designed to maximize heat transfer by encouraging turbulent water flow.

Maxi-Flo Heat ExchangerMaxi-Flo Pool and Spa Heat Exchangers are available in stainless steel and titanium for long life.  The titanium models are built specifically for use in salt water pools and spas.  They are available in several sizes to handle any size pool.  By working with a natural gas or propane boiler like the Prestige or Challenger, they can be sure to heat your pool much quicker than heat pump pool heaters.

Why not Maximize the use of your backyard pool by investing in a Maxi-Flo pool heater?  You will be glad you did every spring and fall for years to come.  Contact Triangle Tube for more information.

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Challenger Boiler achieves High Efficiency with Low Emissions

The new Challenger Combination Boiler and Hot Water Heater contains a unique heat exchanger that offers many advantages.  The Challenger has been designed for complete efficiency.  This includes space, installation, servicing, and energy use.

Challenger Condensing Boiler and Hot Water HeaterThe Challenger has achieved a boiler efficiency rating of 96% AFUE and can be fueled by natural gas or propane  This condensing efficiency ensures low fuel consumption and low energy bills.  The unique heat exchanger in the Challenger produces hot water directly in the primary heat exchanger.  This enables it to achieve condensing efficiency in hot water production and achieve an energy factor of 0.87.

The high efficiency also allows it to produce low NOx emissions.  These low emissions allow the Challenger to be approved for use in Smart Indirect Water HeaterCalifornia's South Coast Air Quality Management District.   With its low environmental impact, the Challenger is a green choice for residential radiant heat and hot water.

The Challenger joins Triangle Tube's line of Prestige Stainless Steel Condensing Boiler and Smart Indirect Fired Water Heaters as highly efficient and environmentally friendly heat and hot water products. 


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Challenger Boiler achieves Condensing Efficiency in Hot Water Production

Triangle Tube's Challenger Combination Boiler contains a unique heat exchanger that provides industry leading hot water energy efficiency.  The Challenger heats domestic hot water in the primary heat exchanger - a unique feature in the industry.

By producing the hot water in the primary heat exchanger the Challenger can utilize its condensing efficiency.  And because most domestic water enters the heat exchanger at temperatures less than 60F, this efficiency gain is significant. 

Challenger's Unique Heat ExchangerThe Challenger's DHW efficiency doesn't stop there.  Another unique feature to the Challenger is the DHW "ECO" mode.  In this mode, the Challenger learns when the domestic hot water is used and preheats the heat exchanger in anticipation of the demand.  This reduces both the time and water consumption required to deliver hot water, resulting in both higher user satisfaction and lower energy and water bills.

In addition, like an instantaneous water heater, the Challenger has eliminated the standby heat losses common in traditional hot water heaters.  The Challenger's advanced control and burner design (for both natural gas and propane) produces very low NOx emissions, surpassing California's current SCAQMD standards.  The Challenger truly is a green solution to your hot water needs.
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Challenger Boiler Saves Installation Time and Money !

Triangle Tube's Challenger Combination Boiler has been designed to be efficient in all aspects.  It is easy to admire the 96% AFUE fuel efficiency as well as the compact size and attractive appearance of the Challenger.  In addition the Challenger produces instantaneous hot water efficiently thanks to its unique heat exchanger, resulting in an energy factor rating of 0.87. 

But what often is overlooked is the efficiency with which it can be installed and programmed.  Because the Challenger eliminates the need for a separate hot water tank, it eliminates all of the time and piping required to install the tank (in addition to the cost of the tank itself). 

Challenger Combination BoilerThe Challenger has several additional features that make it easy to install.  First, thanks to the simplicity of the design, it is lightweight with a weight of only 80 pounds for a 125 MBH appliance.  This makes it easy to lift and hang on the wall.  Second, each Challenger comes complete with an simple piping bracket that quickly, neatly, and securely provides connections for either the fuel (either natural gas or propane), space heating, and domestic hot water piping.  Third, each Challenger can be vented either concentrically or with two pipes.  This provides the flexibility to select the optimum venting for your installation.  Finally, the optional Timesaver manifold eliminates the guesswork as well as the time in designing and creating the pump and primary secondary connections.  Simply connect the Timesaver to the system piping, add in the pump, and the boiler is connected.

Making the Challenger easy to install benefits everyone.  The homeowner sees a lower installed cost and the installer can move on to another job.  And everyone benefits by the confidence that the boiler was installed properly !  Look for more information on Triangle Tube's website in March 2011 !
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Radiant Floor Heating - Warm from the Ground Up

It is safe to say that most people do not give much consideration to the type of heating system when they are considering a house purchase.  But people who have experienced the benefits of radiant floor heating are certain to have this on their list.  

Radiant floor heating's growth is one of the most positive trends in the HVAC industry in recent years.  These systems have the unique feature of being energy efficient, comfortable, invisible, and silent.  In nearly every aspect they are a clear winner. 

Radiant Floor InstallationRadiant floor heating systems are a modern alternative to the traditional cast iron radiators or the more recent hot water baseboard systems.  In a radiant floor system water (or glycol in some cases) is heated by a boiler and circulated through tubing that is installed under the floor.  This water warms the flooring and the heat then radiates throughout the home. 

There are many benefits to this process.  First, it is extremely energy efficient as the warmest part of the room is the floor, which is the part of the room people use.  A hot air furnace heats the air which enters the room through registers on the floor, but then quickly rises to the ceiling, making it the warmest part of the room.  In comparison, a room heated by radiant flooring can be kept at a lower overall temperature yet feel warmer than a room heated by hot air.

Second, the system is invisible and silent.  The tubing is under the floor and out of the way.  There is no sound of air moving through ducts.  Third the system contributes to a healthy home by minimizing dust and keeping the room at a more comfortable humidity level.  Fourth, the system is multi-functional.  A well designed hydronic heating system can heat your home, hot water, swimming pool, and even melt the snow on your driveway or walkway.

Triangle Tube is an industry leading provider of hydronic heating equipment.  The Prestige boilers lead the market with a high efficiency, reliable heat exchanger and use either natural gas or propane.  The Smart indirect water heaters heat water twice as fast as a traditional gas fired water heater and feature a unique stainless steel tank-in-tank design backed by a limited lifetime warranty.  Maxi Flo pool and spa heat exchangers enable you to use your high efficiency boiler to extend your swimming season.

Consider upgrading your home with Radiant Floor Heating.  There's no need to move to install radiant floor heating.  A certified contractor can replace your hot air system with a radiant system in many cases without disturbing the existing flooring.  Contact Triangle Tube to find a certified contractor in your area today.

 


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