Viessmann Boiler Equipment
Wilson Services also recommends and installs top of the line Viessmann boiler equipment. Whether you are in the market now for a new boiler or just want to learn what’s out there, we urge you to invest a bit of time to understand the advantages of these German made boilers. Too many heating installers out there either haven’t taken the time to acknowledge that there is superior heating equipment available, or are content with “good enough”.
Gary makes annual trips to Viessmann (U.S.A. and Canada) in order to stay on top of their latest products. Ask him about Viessmann, or better yet make plans to see the beautiful installation at his home in Easthampton. Learn more about the Viessmann Boiler
Bosch Greenstar Gas-Fired Condensing Boilers
The Bosch Greenstar Gas-Fired Condensing Boiler line is engineered to offer the best solution for residential heating and hot water needs at a great price, without compromising quality or economy. Learn more about Bosch boilers.
Clean combustion, extremely high efficiency, economical operation, and longevity: Buderus boilers are the perfect central heating source for single or multiple family homes in Massachusetts and guarantee reliable heating for many years. The modern design of Buderus boilers results from centuries of experience, using the latest combustion and manufacturing technologies. Buderus Boiler efficiencies range up to 98% AFUE and many are EnergyStar compliant. Learn more about Buderus boilers
Back in the 1990’s, before the European boilers became popular, just about all boiler installations were traditional USA-made cast iron boilers. As you can imagine, there are thousands of these boilers throughout the Massachusetts. It is scary but true- even today many heating contractors install boilers without fully understanding proper piping procedures. Virtually all American boiler manufacturers ship their boilers with the circulator mounted on the return. Does that mean it should stay there? No way! Call Gary, he’ll explain why most heating contractors are mistaken with the ole “this is how I was taught to do it and it works just fine” routine. Wilson routinely re-pipes boiler systems that were installed according to standards that became outdated years ago.
We mostly install hot water boilers, but steam boilers are no stranger to us either. As Dan Holohan says, “Steam was king” back in the early 20th century, and there are plenty of steam boilers replaced every year. Dan is a recognized authority on steam heating. Ironically enough, what would seem to be the easiest heating system to update (after all, how much technology is needed to boil water?), the opposite is quite true. There is a distinct difference in a heating contractor who knows how to pipe a modern steam boiler, and one who does not. Wilson has many customers who can attest to this fact, because they paid us to re-pipe their steam boilers after the original heating contract failed to install it properly. A home owner may say, “well, the local inspector came and passed it, it must be all set”. You would be sadly mistaken, because the inspector is only required to focus on the fuel connection, the venting of the appliance and the water connection, and also to ensure the safety devices are in place. The inspector very likely will not fail an installation due to any ‘distribution’ related concerns.
European Panel Radiators
European radiators are becoming more and more popular in our country. Unlike conventional hot water baseboard installations and (especially) warm air heating, these units provide approximately 60% radiant heat. Radiant heat is what we feel when we stand in the sun, what we’re feeling is actual rays of heat beaming at us. This makes for a much more comfortable system, which also means the temperature can be lowered a little, thus saving even more fuel. For example, we may feel chilly on a 65F day with overcast, however if the sun is out, we may very comfortable in this weather.
They also can be much more efficient due to the fact that they produce heat with very mild water temperatures in the fall and spring seasons. Installed in conjunction with an “outdoor reset control”, these heating units are the most efficient means of heating, next to floor radiant heating.
Unlike a conventional baseboard system, this type of heating system can be adjusted at every room. This can be very economical when certain areas of the home are not always being occupied. Other reasons to consider the European style radiator are their durability. Unlike the thin sheet metal used with baseboard units, these radiators are very durable. Also they can be installed anywhere in the bathroom. Most baseboard systems are installed on outside walls. When the baseboards are installed next to toilets, they tend to rust within several years.
They also are available in many different sizes allowing for one large heater or several small units to heat the various rooms in the home. Most average-sized rooms require only one radiator.
Electric To Fuel Heating System Conversions
When it comes to electric to fuel heating system conversions, we really can make the process short and sweet. We’ve converted dozens of houses and apartments to gas/oil heating. When someone says, ” I don’t know if I can afford it”, Gary responds with, ” you can’t afford not to do it”. There was a day when electric heat was popular. There was an apartment complex here in Easthampton with a sign that boasted “Electric Heat” not too many years back. I think the building owner finally took the sign down though (finally- it was probably older than Gary!)