Boiler Room Renovations
This photo album documents the neighborhood’s boiler renovations conducted between 2010-2014.
Shenandoah’s boiler room and equipment was aging and inefficient. Over the last several years many improvements have been made that most will not see, but will serve all of us for years to come. The improvements save The Association money on the cost of heating and cooling our homes.
Our heat is provided by hot water that is produced and circulated from the boiler room behind the laundry room. We had a single “LAARS” brand boiler with input of 2,400,000 BTU that new was 80% efficient yielding 1,920,000 BTU output. We replaced this single boiler with two high efficiency boilers – one with 1,000,000 BTU input and one with 1,600,000 BTU input. These boilers modulate firing and can operate at up to 98% efficiency.
The new boilers also have outside air temperature sensors that lower the heating water temperature when it gets warm outside and we don’t need heat.
In July of 2010 the boiler that provides hot water for domestic use (i.e. sinks, showers, laundry, etc.) broke down on a Friday morning and a new one was operational by Saturday evening. Along with this we replaced a storage tank and recirculating pump. This system provides hot water throughout the entire complex, including building 10 which is at the end of the loop and had not received the proper temperature water for many years.
We have also updated the boiler room with new insulation, drywall, non-slip floor coating and piping insulation. This keeps the heat and cold in the pipes thus reducing heat loss. This saves our community energy and money. We added new lighting and epoxy floor paint, rearranged/added some equipment and piping for reliability and redundancy, and to make components more easily accessible for future service.