Gas flameDenver winter nights can be downright cold. Few things are more frustrating and expensive than boiler repair, and oftentimes, the repair and replacement is too complicated and time-consuming for homeowners. If the unit hasn’t been maintained, or is an older model that should have already been replaced, chances are likely that the necessary repairs will exceed those of a total replacement. Oftentimes with Denver boilers, the unit was not maintained and so is difficult to clean or has rusted unto inefficiency. Or there are many parts that are leaking which, if left untreated, leads to decay and corrosion of vital components. And with today’s rising energy costs eating up one’s budget, the need to find a better solution for home heating becomes an imperative. In this article we’ll be talking about modern hydronic boilers, specifically the Buderus brand, along with its accompanying benefits and usage tips.

How a Buderus Boiler Works

A Buderus boiler is a condensing boiler with temperature modulation controls. By condensing we mean that it creates moisture as it runs, and so you have to drain that condensation, or pump it out by some kind of external drain. By modulation we mean that it has, positioned at the top of the unit, an electronic control system, which constantly modulates—or differentiates between—the outside ambient air temperature and the temperature of the water, and adjusts that temperature accordingly. So when it’s hot outside, the boiler will use only enough heat to increase the temperature to the degree needed, and when it’s cold outside, it will adjust likewise. The heating element temperature, water temperature, and outside air temperature are constantly monitored. Since conventional boilers are prone to temperature cycling (meaning, wide swings in temperature when a house gets too hot or too cold), the cost savings from the consistent heating action of a Buderus boiler is notable. Compared to a typical heating bill in your home, you may save as much as 30% to 40 % over the course of a year.

The Importance Of Servicing Your Denver Boiler

Regardless of the make or model, every boiler must be maintained. Cavities get dirty and pipes begin to leak. Drains get clogged and water doesn’t heat consistently. Most boilers are not cleaned or serviced on schedule, which is why many people run into problems and ultimately have to make a costly replacement. Most Buderus boiler problems either originate with the oil tank or improper installation. The oil tank and accompanying filter provide power for the burner, and need to be cleaned every 1 to 2 years or else it becomes like a sludge, slowing down the system and causing problems. Not all HVAC reps do the following, but at Chaput we can make sure and install a new oil filter on schedule, or if needed, install a smaller filter next to the burner to ensure that it runs smoothly.

The Difference Buderus Makes

Some unique features make the Buderus boiler a highly attractive and prudent purchase. When it comes time to service the unit, both the swinging door and the internal cylindrical cavities make for easy access and a more thorough cleaning (using a wire brush). The electronic modulation controls, while optional upon ordering the unit, are simple to manage, and provide for the temperature modulation, which is essential to the cost-savings. The entire system is compact, thus taking up less space wherever installed. Many of the models are made with case-aluminum, a particularly lightweight and durable metal, able to withstand fluctuating ranges in temperatures without breaking down. These basic features, plus a host of other customizable add-ons fitted specifically to your system, make a Denver Buderus boiler a wise choice.

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hot-dawg-heater-denver-garageAs we’ve seen from our recent snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures, Colorado winters can be pretty tough. Nothing makes working in your garage more uncomfortable than working in the cold. A Hot Dawg space heater is the perfect solution, making winter garage work in your Denver house much more enjoyable.

The Hot Dawg space heater comes in a variety of sizes each made for a different application. Whether you have a smaller one car garage or a large commercial garage, Hot Dawg has the right size space heater for your needs. The BTU/Hr input ranges from 30,000 BTU/hr for a one car garage, to a heavy duty 75,000 BTU/Hr for a commercial application. For Colorado’s high altitude, a high altitude kit is available. The Hot Dawg’s neutral color and lightweight design allows it to be mounted easily away from your workstation, making it nearly invisible. Due to the fact that the Hot Dawg uses propane or natural gas, even if the power goes out, you’ll be able to enjoy the heat expelled from this unit.

The Hot Dawg comes in two different models. These include the power exhausted model, and the separated combustion model. The power exhausted model draws air from the space being heated. For example, in a garage, air would be taken into the heater directly from the garage, heated and then pushed back into the garage. This model is ideal for a garage or similar area with no large airborne debris. This ensures absolute safety by not allowing any combustible materials like sawdust enter the heater.
However for areas with a large amount of airborne debris, a different model is necessary. For an area like a woodshop, the separated combustion model is best. This model takes its air supply from fresh outside air. This allows the unit to require less maintenance in dusty environments, and gives greater durability in hostile applications. This model also has thermostat and gas connections for greater ease of use.

hot-dawg-space-heater-denverAs for maintenance, it couldn’t be easier. The unit includes a permanently sealed and lubricated motor for trouble free dependability. The heater also comes with a two year warranty on materials and workmanship on all parts aside from the heat exchanger, which has a ten year warranty. The unit is coated in electrostatically applied and baked polyester-powder paint for durability as well. Every Hot Dawg heater also includes advance diagnostic controls that monitor all of the primary functions. If your heater doesn’t start, a led light will flash, making the problem easily fixable. Perhaps one of the most important features of these heaters is that they are certified for residential, commercial, and industrial uses.

A Hot Dawg space heater could be just what your Denver garage needs during our cold Colorado winters. Contact us today and we can see if the Hot Dawg space heater is a good solution for your Denver home.

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colorado-wintersColorado winters can get pretty chilly, and you need to make sure your Denver house is prepared. Here are some tips for making sure you’re ready for those cold winter nights:

  • If you have pipes that are susceptible to freezing, now is the time to take care of them. Heat tape can be used to keep them warm.
  • Have a technician come find and fix any possible leaks in your house’s duct work. Doing this can boost your furnace’s efficiency by up to 30%.
  • Learn how to shut off your main water valve if a water break should occur. If your pipes do freeze, time is important. The quicker you can shut off the water, the better chance you have to prevent the pipes from bursting.
  • Window panes, chimneys and pipe entrances in your walls can develop small air leaks over time. Check these areas for leaks and patch them up with caulking or weather stripping.
  • Your house’s insulation packs down over time. Check your insulation in places like your attic to make sure it’s still sufficiently deep, and order a refill if needed.
  • Install storm doors on top of your regular house doors to add an extra layer of insulation. These also work well in the summertime, when you can leave your main door open with the storm door closed to let in additional sunlight.
  • Put up window insulation plastic on your house’s windows. The space between your window and your insulation plastic acts as an additional insulating layer on all your windows, and is virtually invisible.

If you’d like to know additional ways to keep your house warm and safe for the winter, give us a call.

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We service Applewood, Cherry Hills, Arvada, Golden, Evergreen and the entire Metro Denver area.