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Being in the heating business I would like to give a warning to those who think that these state of the art systems are the way to go. Many of us repair guys, when we walk into a basement a see that stuff we don't know where to begin in order to troubleshoot and on a busy day or night that customer may wind up without having heat or hot water.
Stick with the simple equipment because spending a fortune to save a few nickels ain't worth it.
Spend $25,000 to save $100 a month!?
When I lived in Southern California a salesman for a solar hot water system tried to sell me his $8,000 hot water system and said he could show me how it would save me $80 a month. I took his challenge and said my average year round gas bill is $9 a month and my electric was $11 a month. He walked away shaking his head talking to himself.
You don't "throttle" flow with a ball valve...I'd ask for my money back
I install boilers, chillers, etc. The workmanship of the "boiler room" in this article leaves much to be desired. Propress fittins? Who hangs an expansion tank sandwiched between unistrut vertically? How bout a sleeve, in that cored penetration through the wall? Not to mention fire caulk. They could'nt even center it. Looks like a scab did it. Ahh you get what you pay for
I work in a REAL boiler room for a living, (the boiler itself is bigger then the house) i sure as hell don't want one next to my living room so i can listen to it, and 70k sure would buy allot of energy before that mess wears out and starts leaking, and who is going to maintain it all? not that Mr. Candy **** with too much money to spend on something flashy but wont spend a dime on proper maintenance.
You wait and see Mrs. Candy, the water will be leaking from a pump before you know it, rite on to your fancy carpet. YOU KNOW IM RITE!!!
Check out this boiler if you want to choose "flexibility" along with style.http://woodmaster.com/flexfuelfurnaces/index.php
This unit is fueled by wood, wood pellets or even wood chips. EPA approved! nice unit
Its also on the EPA site for more information
A dress making mannequin and a full length mirror would be a must. As to the art I would use collections of black and white photos on one whole wall. My preference would be shots of Paris mixed with French high fashion from the late 50's.