Indirect Water Heater's unique design provides efficiency and longevity advantage

Radiant heating systems are one of the most efficient ways to heat your home.  Modern high efficiency boilers like the Prestige or Challenger Solo models from Triangle Tube maximize the efficiency of these systems.  But whether you are using a traditional or high efficiency boiler, an indirect water heater will provide hot water up to 50% more efficiently than traditional gas or oil models.Smart Indirect Water Heaters

The Smart Indirect Water Heater from Triangle Tube features a unique tank-in-tank design.  The inner tank contains the domestic hot water which is used in your shower, kitchen, clothes washer, etc.  The outer tank contains the boiler system water that is heated by the boiler.  When the domestic water temperature drops below the minimum level, usually because the hot water is being used, the boiler will send hot boiler system water to heat the tank containing the domestic water.  

This unique design of the inner tank has a large surface area to transfer the heat.  This large surface area heats water up to twice as fast as traditional natural gas or propane models and up to 4 times faster than electric models.  This allows homeowners to use a smaller water heater with superior performance of larger traditional hot water heaters.  

The tank in tank design virtually eliminates "hot spots" because the tank is surrounded by boiler water.  Other indirect water heaters use a heating coil that passes boiler water through a coil placed in the domestic water tank.  These coils are hot spots in the tank, and encourage the formation of scale.  Over time this scale build-up increases recovery times and causes premature failures.  The Smart Indirect Water Heaters are so reliable that they are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

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



Condensing Boiler and Indirect Water Heater featured on Hometime

Triangle Tube's Prestige Condensing Boiler and Smart Indirect Water Heater were selected for Hometime's recent home remodel.  The Prestige was chosen for the project for its energy efficiency, reliable performance, and ease of installation.  The videos illustrate the energy efficient Prestige TriMax Boiler control, which can operate with two different temperatures.  This allows the boiler to operate at a lower temperature for radiant floor heating and a higher temperature for domestic water heating with the Smart Indirect Water Heater.  

Operating at the lower temperature for space heating allows the boiler to operate at peak efficiency while operating at higher temperature allows for rapid domestic water heating.  This is just one example of the energy efficient operation of Triangle Tube boilers and water Heaters.




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.


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.


Combination boilers from Triangle Tube

Triangle Tube is the industry leader in high efficiency boilers and indirect water heaters.  Triangle Tube introduced both the stainless steel fire-tube boiler heat exchanger and the stainless steel tank-in-tank indirect water heater to North America, so it is no wonder that they created one of the first combination boilers when they combined these two technologies into one highly efficient appliance, the Prestige Excellence.  Triangle Tube revolutionized the industry again in 2011 when they introduced the unique two-in-one heat exchanger in the Challenger Combination Boiler.  Both the Prestige and Challenger models operate on both natural gas and propane.

When you are looking for energy efficient radiant hydronic heating and water heating in one compact appliance, Triangle Tube has the answer for you.  Actually you can take your pick of two answers with the Prestige Excellence and Challenger Combination Boiler.

Prestige ExcellencePrestige Excellence - The Prestige Excellence features the most advanced, easy-to-use, and reliable technology available today, to deliver high performance space and water heating in one package.  In fact, the Prestige offers you something no other combination boiler can - the experience of a tanked water heater.  The Prestige Excellence is a combination boiler that can deliver ultra-high efficient space heating with an AFUE of 95%.  In addition, the Prestige Excellence features a 14 gallon indirect water heater.  This compact, high performance water heater delivers 3 gallons per minute of hot water, enough for a normal shower, without the cold-water-sandwich effect that most on-demand water heaters suffer with.

The Prestige Excellence has a 110 MBH heat exchanger which will meet the needs of most 3 and 4 bedroom homes.  The Prestige Excellence also features the unique, easy-to-use Trimax control.  For more information on the Trimax control, click here.  

Click here for more information on the Prestige Excellence.


Challenger Combination BoilerChallenger Combination Boiler - The Challenger Combination Boiler is a testament to the adage that true genius lies in simplicity. The Challenger's unique two-in-one heat exchanger features dual copper waterways in an aluminum heat exchanger.  The space heating water travels in one waterway while the domestic water travels in a second.  These dual waterways in one heat exchanger simplifies the design, eliminating many components for greater reliability.  In addition when the domestic water is heated in the primary heat exchanger, the Challenger works at an efficiency that most other combination boilers cannot match.

The Challenger Combination Boiler is available in three inputs of 85, 105, or 125 MBH.  These models allow you to match the Challenger to your specific needs.  The Challenger Combination Boilers are highly efficient with AFUE's up to 93.5%.

Click here for more information on the Challenger Combination Boiler.



Indirect Water Heaters Minimize Standby Heat Losses

Energy conscious homeowners know that 15 to 20% of their energy bills go to heating hot water.  Much of this energy is consumed to simply maintain the water in the water heater at the desired temperature.  Traditional gas water heaters have a flue in the center of the tank that is uninsulated, and allows the heat from the water in the tank to easily transfer to the air in the flue, which then goes outside.

Many homeowners have installed instantaneous water heaters to eliminate this heat loss.  Instantaneous Smart Indirect Water Heaterwater heaters do not have a storage tank, so they have virtually no standby heat loss.  Of course, by eliminating the storage tank, the water heater does not have the same response as a traditional water heater.  There is a longer wait time for the hot water to arrive at the faucet, along with other issues at low flow rates and the so called "hot water sandwich" effect.  

A simpler solution is available to homeowners with hydronic radiant heating.  Indirect water heaters can nearly eliminate standby heat loss.  Indirect water heaters use the heat from the boiler system water to heat the domestic hot water.  This eliminates the need for a burner system for the water heater, simplifying the unit and allowing it to be well insulated.

The Smart Indirect Water Heater from Triangle Tube is completely encased in 2 inches of foam insulation. This minimizes the heat loss to 1/2 degree F per hour.  This heat loss is so low, that it costs only $0.05 per day to keep 40 gallons of hot water ready to use (with natural gas).  The Smart 40 model is the most popular model, and its unique design gives it the ability to heat water twice as fast as a traditional gas water heater.  With this performance, many homeowners find that a Smart 40 delivers hot water better the traditional 75 gallon water heater it replaced.      

To find out more about how the Smart Indirect Water Heater can minimize your utility bills, contact Triangle Tube or your local factory-trained contractor today.


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. 



Prestige TriMax Maximizes the Efficiencies of Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant Floor Heating is one of the fastest growing heating methods.  The benefits of radiant floor heating are obvious to anyone who has been in a home with tPrestige TriMax Condensing, Modulating Boilerhis heat.  The warm floors provide an even, comfortable heat.  The heat radiates throughout the entire space, is silent, and does circulate dust.

Radiant floor heat provided by a high efficiency condensing boiler like the Prestige TriMax or the Challenger, is among the most efficient heating systems available.  This system operates at lower system temperatures, which allows boilers to operate at their highest efficiency.  Traditional boilers cannot operate at these lower temperatures.  Traditional boilers must mix their high temperature supply with low temperature return water to bring the water down low enough to pass through the radiant floor.  The Prestige TriMax's burner design and stainless steel heat exchanger allows it to operate efficiently and provide supply water at precisely the right temperature.  This allows the boiler to condense, providing the Prestige Triamax with an AFUE of 95%, and is operates with both natural gas and propane.

Contact a Triangle Tube Contractor today for more information.



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.



Radiant Snow Melt Keeps Driveway and Patio Snow-Free

When the snow is falling the last thing you want to think about is shoveling the driveway.  But no matter how nice the falling snow looks, and how much fun it can be, eventually the driveway, sidewalk, steps, and patio need to be cleared.  Today's hydronic heating systems can solve this problem with Radiant Snow Melting. 

Radiant Snow Melt systems circulates warm water / glycol solution through flexible tubes just under the surface.  Advanced systems monitor the moisture and temperature and automatically turn on to melt the snow as it falls.  These systems have been used for many years at ski resorts, hospitals and nursing homes where it is critical to keep surfaces clear to minimize falls.

Radiant Living Magazine recently examined a unique snow-melt application in Greenwich, CT. Click here for the entire article (Spring 2012).   Triangle Tube's Prestige 399 condensing boilers were used in this featured application.  The Prestige Condensing, Modulating Boilers will operate at peak efficiency in snow melt applications.  Snow melt systems operate at low temperatures which maximize the efficiency of condensing boilers. 

Triangle Tube Condensing Boilers provide for all of your heating needs,  The most common use is for space heating with traditional radiators, baseboard, or radiant floor installations.  Pairing a boiler with a Smart Indirect Water Heater provides efficient domestic hot water.  Snow Melt and Pool Heating are perfect for the condensing boilers as they operate at maximum efficiency.


Challenger Boiler's 150 Model Provides Cost Efficient Hydronic Heat

The largest Challenger Condensing Boiler, the CC150s,has an input of 145 MBH, making it the highest output model in the Challenger lineup.  The Challenger CC150s is perfect for homes looking for a little extra heating capacity than the Challenger 125 or Prestige 110 can provide. 

With a compact, lightweight design, high heating capacity doesn't require a lot of space.  With a modern design that was styled to be installed in European kitchens, the Challenger 150 is quiet and attractive.  Standard twin pipe or optional concentric venting provides venting solutions for every need, and the Challenger 150s is designed to work with the Smart Indirect Water Heater to provide space heating and domestic hot waters.  The standard outdoor reset maximizes energy efficiency to achieve an AFUE of 93%.  The Challenger can work with traditional cast iron radiators or in slab or wood floor radiant heating.  The turndown ratio of nearly 4.5 to 1 minimizes boiler cycling, especially in the warmer months.

Try Triangle Tube's Challenger 150s boiler for maximum output with minimal space, cost, and energy bills.  Click here for literature on this boiler.  For more information contact Triangle Tube or your local Triangle Tube installer.


Condensing Boilers Maximize Savings from this Warm Winter !

The unusually warm winter in North America has cut everyone's heating costs this year - but the biggest winners by far are homeowners heating with high efficiency condensing hydronic heating systems.  The two features of condensing boilers that contribute to these large savings are Modulation and Outdoor Reset.

Modulation is the process that increases or decreases the heat output, or firing rate, of the boiler.  Just like your kitchen stove, a modulating boiler can adjust its heat output but it doesn't need a person there to make the adjustment.  The boiler's control monitors the heat absorbed by the house by measuring the temperature of the boiler water as it leaves and as it returns to the boiler.  The larger the temperature difference, the more heat the boiler must add to the water, and the higher the firing rate that the control will create.

Non-modulating boilers operate at full fire all of the time.  This is inefficient for two reasons.  First, the boiler is least efficient at full fire, and most efficient at low fire.  So the longer the boiler can run at low fire, the more efficient it is.  Second, each time the boiler starts and stops it loses efficiency.  Modulating boilers run longer at lower temperatures, minimizing the starts and stops.

Outdoor reset is a simple yet extremely important part of a high efficiency system.  An outdoor sensor tells the boiler's control what the temperature is outside.  The boiler uses this information to adjust the temperature of the water that the boiler supplies to the radiant emitters.  This supply water does not need to be as hot during warm weather as it does during cold weather.  By supplying lower temperature water to the system, the boiler can maximize its efficiency.  Click here for outdoor reset basics.

Triangle Tube provides three models of condensing boilers.  The Prestige models feature a stainless steel fire tube heat exchanger with a full featured TriMax control and are available from 60 to 399 MBH.  The Prestige Excellence provides heat and up to 180 gallons per hour of hot water from its indirect water heater.  The Challenger models are available for both heating only (Solo), and combination heat and hot water (Combi) applications.  Challenger boilers are sized from 85 MBH to 150 MBH.   The Keystone models feature a stainless steel water tube heat exchanger and are available in sizes from 399 to 850 MBH for larger residences and light commercial applications. 

Contact Triangle Tube today for more information.


New Prestige TriMax Control Simplifies Boiler Set-Up

Prestige Condensing Boiler for Hydronic HeatingThe unique TriMax control on Triangle Tube's Prestige Condensing Boilers reduces boiler programing time to a matter of seconds.  By simplifying the process for the most common applications, a typical setup can take less than 60 seconds.

The Prestige TriMax control is customized for the Prestige Boiler and is designed to first sense the availability of sensors such as an outdoor reset sensor.  If the outdoor reset sensor is attached, then only the control options relating to outdoor sensors will be presented.  This minimizes the amount of menu options to scroll through, and reduces opportunities for errors. 
Prestige TriMax Control
The most common selections in each menu are presented at the top of the list, reducing scrolling.  A present menu of six outdoor reset curves handles most heating applications from residential radiant floor to fancoils.  The space heating setup can be reduced down to a few simple steps.  Domestic hot water production through indirect water heaters can also be set up in three simple steps.  Should you want to return to the factory settings, there is an icon for that as well. 

Settings can be customized in the installer menu if desired.  Even this has been simplified with easy to read and understand graphical menus.  By giving the installer the ability to modify the settings as much as needed, each setup can be completed in the minimal amount of time.  Click here to see a video showing a complete boiler setup.

The Prestige TriMax control uses advanced technology to make life simpler.  Now the leading High Efficiency Boiler also has the leading High Efficiency Setup.


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.

Radiant Floor Heating Maximizes Efficiency with Prestige Condensing Boiler

The popularity of radiant floor heating has skyrocketed in the last decade.  New materialsRadiant Flooring and installation methods have allowed radiant floor heating for wood, tile, and concrete floors.  Radiant floor heating can be used on carpeted floors in many cases as well.   There is no more efficient and more pleasing heating method.

Prestige Condensing BoilersModern condensing boilers have spurred the use of radiant floor heating.  The boiler water temperature in radiant floor heating applications is much lower than in traditional radiator or baseboard installations.  This lower water temperature improves the efficiency of the system by 5 to 10% by allowing the boiler to condense.  Traditional cast iron boilers cannot take advantage of this because they cannot operate at condensing temperatures as the condensate will cause the boiler to rust.

The Prestige Condensing Boiler and the Challenger Combination or Solo Condensing Boilers are perfect for these applications.  The low water temperature maximizes the system efficiency and the heat exchangers are built to handle the condensate.  The new Prestige TriMax control helps further maximize efficiency in homes with multiple temperature zones.  For instance, many homes have radiant floor heat on the first level and baseboard heat on the second level.  The Prestige TriMax is built to manage these different temperatures.  If the radiant flooring is calling for heat, the Prestige will operate at the lower temperature, maximizing the efficiency. 

It is easy to enjoy the warmth of radiant floor heating when you know it is minimizing your fuel bills.  Specify Triangle Tube's Prestige with TriMax control for maximum efficiency and reliability.

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

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.


Condensing Boilers eliminate Snow Shovels !

High Snow With the improvements in PEX tubing and boiler efficiencies, many homeowners and businesses are investing in hydronic snow-melt systems.  These systems are used to heat driveways, walkways, and stairs during snowstorms to keep the paths clear.  Homeowners install these systems to minimize the backbreaking work of shoveling.  Businesses often install these systems to ensure positive footing and minimize injuries from falls.  Steps are especially dangerous areas when coated with ice and snow.  By installing a snow melt system on these steps business owners can be assured of a snow and ice free surface.
Snow Melt
Condensing boilers are the natural choice for snow-melt systems.  Condensing boilers achieve efficiencies of 97% and higher when used in these applications due to the low return temperatures.  With these low temperatures condensing boilers can extract the maximum amount of heat from the flue gas before sending it up the chimney.  Using modulation the boilers can adjust its firing rate to meet the coldest winter day. 

Challenger Condensing BoilerThe Triangle Tube Prestige and Challenger boilers are perfect choices for snow-melt applications.  These boilers' efficiency will exceed their already high AFUE ratings of 96% and 95%.  They are compatible with glycol for direct use or they can be combined with Triangle Tube brazed plates to seperate the snow-melt from the other radiant hydronic loops.  Finally the Optima SSM Snow-Melt control can be used to operate the system.

Click here for an article about a snow-melt system in Wisconsin that is a terrific case study.

Prestige Condensing Boiler featured in EcoSmart Green Home

Many of us dream of a future that does not depend on fossil fuels.  Projects like the Rehau Montana EcoSmart green home are showing us the path to this future.  Until we get to a completely fossil fuel free existance, our best choice is to use the least amount of the cleanest fossil fuels.

The engineers choose the Triangle Tube Prestige Condensing boiler to fill this need.  The Prestige minimizes fuel use with an AFUE of 96% and burns clean natural gas.  The Prestige has been designed to minimize emissions and meets California's strict 2012 SCAQMD NOx emissions limits.  The home features residential radiant heating, solar-thermal hot water, and many other energy efficient products.

Please click here to view a complete article on this exciting project !