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Old 03-29-17, 12:36 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by buffalobillpatrick View Post

What you are saying is true, "IF" the boiler turned on whenever a thermostat called for heat. Sadly this is how many systems are implemented.
It's true regardless. A 50% duty cycle at design conditions is Short Cycling. While the 79 gallon buffer tank may keep burn times long enough to avoid most condensation issues, but you are still wasting energy. Every time you start the boiler you are wasting energy, because the initial energy is needed to bring the system up to operating temps before it can put out heat, and also due to incomplete combustion as it warms up. Energy is also wasted at the end of combustion due to incomplete combustion. This is where Mod-Con boilers are able to save energy, they are able to better supply heat at the rate of heat loss.

In a low heat loss home, a lot of times Domestic hot water demand can outstrip heat demand, the buffer tank can help a lower output boiler keep up with demand. If there is a huge mismatch it may be better to separate out the uses. This allows the system to be more flexible, and possibly increasing system efficiency.

Also Solar Thermal? Unless you are hard up on solar access it's just not worth it. It may be cheap enough if you build you own flat plate collectors, but factor in your time, and the decreased system reliability and I doubt the cost/benefit is there.

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