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  • How Boiler Maintenance Affects Life Cycle Costs

    Does Maintenance Save Money? There are many numbers thrown about estimating the savings by performing certain maintenance activities. I remember meeting with a potential customer and showing him the list of estimated savings possible...

  • Boiler-Jacket Loss

    A debate has continued in the industry about whether boiler jacket loss should be factored into the calculation of boiler efficiency. Most of the old boiler rooms were very toasty places. If the...

  • Are boilers dangerous?

    John was a custodian for a local school district. We used to call him “20 Questions” because he would constantly ply us with questions about the boilers when we would perform the annual...

  • Six Boiler Replacement Mistakes

    As we are entering the time that most commercial boiler projects are being planned and installed, I would like to share some common steam boiler oversights that I rarely see mentioned.  Condensate tank or...

  • Four Things To Look Out For in Steam-Boiler Pressure Controls

    "Something is wrong with the boiler control. I have to keep pushing the reset button,” the frantic school custodian said when I answered the phone one cold January morning. “Which control is it?”...

  • Great opportunities to increase the safety of our clients’ buildings

    Acres of Diamonds Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University, would often tell a story about a man named Ali Hafed.  Ali Hafed was a rich farmer that was once visited by a Buddhist...

  • Environmentally friendly heating solutions: Is the property development sector embracing this new approach?

    The concept of sustainability has arguably never been as widely discussed, nor as important, as it is today. Individuals and businesses across the world are looking at ways of improving what they do...

  • Why Did The Boiler Fail So Quickly?

    The following are a couple projects that resulted in boiler failure because the heating equipment was not installed or maintained properly. This may help you on your next boiler project.

  • Boilers Outside the Box

    Helping clients increase comfort and lower utility costs with a limited budget.

  • Question Everything When Replacing Commercial Boilers

    Designing and replacing commercial boilers

  • Connecting New Boilers to Old Pipes

    Designing a commercial boiler replacement where you were not the original designer or installer might have some hidden dangers that could haunt you for years. The project is going to be a series...

  • Why Boilers are Still Great

    Boilers can still provide a comfortable cost effective heat for our clients. Here's why.

  • Learn the difference between safety-- and relief valves

    Each boiler requires some sort of pressure-relieving device. They are referred to as either a safety, relief or safety relief valve. While these names are often thought of as interchangeable, there are subtle differences between them.

  • Boiler-Venting Considerations

    One of the consideration when replacing a boiler is whether to re-use the existing flue and chimney. While most installations work without problems, there are a couple precautions that you should consider. *What category...

  • The Human Thermostat

    My children attended a local elementary school that was affiliated with the church we also attend. My company does the heating service for the church and school. For years, a custodian with a...

  • Boiler-Startup Dangers

    "So, how many of these have you started over the years? " the contractor inquired. He was asking about the boilers we sold him for this project. I mentally tried adding all the...

  • Boiler-Safety Lessons in a School

    The solitude of this peaceful West Virginia town was interrupted on a frigid Monday night in February when the smoke and fire alarms shrieked at 11:30 pm inside the fire department. The source of...

  • More Power!

    Star Trek has always been one of my favorite TV series and collection of movies. I like when Captain Kirk pleads with the chief engineer "Scotty" for more power. While we may not...

  • Understanding the Boiler Gas Train

    One of the most misunderstood portions of the commercial heating system is the gas train. The gas train is a series of components that safely feed the natural or propane gas into the...

  • Controlling an existing hydronic boiler

    I like working with the control techs in our industry. They have such a passion for their craft. If left alone, they will control or monitor everything that moves, slides, shakes,  or switches....

  • Are manufacturer's representatives and distributors becoming extinct?

    My Generation-Y children prefer to do their shopping online. "Nobody goes to the store anymore." they argue. I wonder if this will be the future boiler purchasing model. Will boilers be sold directly...

  • When was the last time that you read the installation manual?

    If you are like most designers or installers, I would wager that you never read the installation manual for the piece of equipment that you design or install. If you do not, you...

  • Are there hidden problems in your next hydronic boiler project?

    Designing a commercial boiler replacement where you were not the original designer or installer could have some hidden dangers  that may haunt you for years. *Assumptions* The project is going to be a series...

  • Are modulating burners really worthwhile?

    For years, we have designed boiler rooms consisting of two oversized boilers with fully modulating burners. The idea was that the boilers could "loaf" along at low fire because we were told that...

  • Two-Pipe Systems

    A common complaint that building maintenance departments hear is that the occupants are either too hot or too cool. In some instances, both complaints may come from the same room.  One of the...

  • Steam, the original Bad Boy

    Steam systems have the reputation of being the “Bad Boy” of the industry and I believe it may be unfounded. Many will suggest replacing the steam system with a new system but it...

  • What is a Barometric Damper?

    One of the most misunderstood items inside a boiler room is a barometric damper.  The barometric damper is used to control the draft inside a boiler. It is installed on boilers that use...

  • Boiler-Safety Controls

    When looking at a commercial boiler, there are many controls mounted on and around it. It reminds me of a Christmas tree with ornaments hanging from it. The function and duty of these...

  • Boiler Choices

    One of the choices to be made when tasked with a boiler replacement project is whether to use a condensing or standard efficiency boiler. There are several considerations that should go into the...

  • Common Steam-Boiler-Replacement Mistakes

    As we are entering the time that most commercial boiler projects are being planned and installed, I would like to share some common steam boiler oversights that I rarely see mentioned. *Condensate Tank or...

  • Four Boiler-Room Myths

    Growing up with a red-haired, Irish mother, I had to learn all the Irish superstitions. The following are some of the examples: Never cross a person on the stairs in a house....

  • Understanding Flame Safeguards

    As I accompanied my friend from the local utility company into the boiler room, I noticed that the covers were off all the electrical boxes and wires were hanging out of them. That...