Separating the utilities on a 2 family home. Currently have a steam boiler working both floor with the thermostat on the first floor. I want to run a loop of baseboard on the second floor. And separate the hot water. It's a small area. After a heat loss calculation, I'm getting a heat loss of about 20k buts. I'm interested in a combi boiler but can't seem to find one to fit such a low btu output. Any advice would be appreicated.
I would not recommend any combi water heaters. They will be more trouble and cost more in maintenance.
I would go with a small boiler and separate water heater.
Water heaters are cheap to replace and being a commercial job the indirect would not have a good warranty. Since You will not be paying the gas bill I would go with a small cast iron boiler and a standard water heater. LOW initial cost and LOW cost of maintenance.
The lowest Cadet boiler is 40,000 input, or 37,000 output. For such a low heating load, you would not have enough power to supply any reasonable domestic water load, unless you installed a buffer/indirect tank with a bigger boiler, which is not the greatest for fuel efficiency. Better off going with separate heat and dhw units.
Would lead to a direct-vent gas like the RInnai Energy Saver, since there's almost nothing else that's really sized right. I'd probably be looking at a mini-split heat pump or perhaps even an electric resistance boiler with ODR control like an Electro or a Thermolec. Pretty sure the Slant/Fin doesn't come that small.
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