|Empire SR Radiant Heater|
Vent-free gas-fired radiant heaters. "Poor Man's Generator." That's what Dale Wager of Flame-Pro, Inc. in Averill Park calls them. At a fraction of the cost of a full-house generator, one of these installed in your basement or enclosed crawl space can "hold the fort" in the event of a black-out or boiler failure, preventing pipes (and you) from freezing. They run on LP or natural gas with no A/C power connection.
We recently installed a full-house Kohler generator, but our boiler is, shall we say, finicky... or too high-tech for its own good. In any event, I was looking for boiler insurance. Dale maintains our propane fireplace and he mentioned them to me. Just what the doctor ordered! Now installed, it keeps our basement at a proper heat level, and can be cranked up in the event of a boiler failure -- or generator + boiler failure. Call me paranoid, but we had a frozen pipe "incident" two years ago when the temperature went down to -26 degrees. Not fun. Not pretty. The damage: $1,000! Plus, trying to find an experienced HVAC technician to respond out our way. I've decided that a full-house generator, and now an unvented gas-fired heater, is part the cost of living in paradise on the Rensselaer Plateau.