February 14, 2011
Becoming Eco-Friendly at Lily Pond
My house in East Hampton is quite large and is more than 100 years old. When I purchased Lily Pond and had it restored more than 20 years ago, state-of-the-art oil burners were installed. Since that time, there have been many advancements in how homes are heated. The use of modulating gas burners is a much cleaner and greener, not to mention, cost-efficient approach. The time had come to replace my aging oil burners. After researching options, we chose Weil McLain, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of gas- and oil-fired hot water and steam boilers for space heating in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings.
Unlike a standard oil burner, which is either on or off, a modulating gas boiler measures the temperature inside the building and out, and uses only enough fuel to heat, based on those readings. This translates to less fuel used while keeping the home at a comfortable temperature. It’s also an eco-friendly system that also happens to reduce energy bills. We recently aired a television segment about this subject and I would like to thank Weil McLain for helping us with this project.
1 Blackman is the big distributor for Weil-McLain products, as well as other major brands of boilers, radiation, water heaters, unit heaters, furnaces, and other types of heating products.
2 Unloading one of the two high efficiency Weil-McLain Ultra Condensing Gas Boilers
3 Resting against the house are the two PVC pipes that will be sleeved down the chimney to vent out the two boilers.
4 We asked our friends at SavATree to help us maneuver the PVC pipes down the chimney.
5 The bucket truck made things a whole lot easier.
6 Meanwhile, in the basement, Kent Thuesen, my plumber and Joel were preparing the vent area for hookup to the PVC piping.
7 The ventilation hole actually had to be made larger to accommodate the new rigging.
8 This is the old pool heater, which hasn't worked in many years. It will eventually be replaced with a new high efficiency heater, also by Weil McLain. Stay tuned for the heat exchanger upgrade next spring.
9 Outside, Enrique moved the bucket into position, being very cautious not to hurt my beautiful ginkgo tree.
10 Approaching the chimney
11 The first task at hand was to remove the chimney cap.
12 Mission complete
13 It was soon discovered that the cap actually needed replacement. After years of venting, a hole had worn through the slate.
14 With the bucket extended, it was a wonderful opportunity to take some aerial views. The other chimney caps, which vent the fireplaces, have fared much better.
15 This is my little guest cottage behind the main house.
16 You can see how close the Atlantic ocean is.
17 The Hampton beaches are beautiful white sand.
18 The ocean-front property is lined with stately homes.
19 John Resso from Weil McLain was busy gluing the sections of PVC venting pipes together, making them long enough to extend down the chimney to the basement.
20 Lifting one of the long pipes
21 Feeding it into the chimney
22 And lowering it down
23 The second pipe was lowered into the chimney the same way.
24 As the pipes were being positioned, the new boilers were set in place.
25 A little sooty, but the first ventilation pipe was connected.
26 And so was the second.
27 I can't wait to see how much difference these new Weil McLain high efficiency boilers and hot water heaters will make in my monthly bills!
28 These are the circulation pumps for the five heating zones in the house. In addition, there is also a primary for the hot water and another for the pool heat exchanger.
29 Finishing up the job was Pete Sherpa, who is a trained mason. Here is is pointing the chimney.
30 Replacing the old worn out chimney cap
31 My old, inefficient boilers were loaded into a truck to be hauled away for recycling.
32 My field TV crew was there taping this entire project. Perhaps you saw it on my show.