Replacing Electric Heat with a New Natural Gas Heating SystemWhen Chris from a local builder called and asked if we could help him with a heating problem in Hookset, NH. He was looking into installing a new natural gas heating system and domestic hot water into a Tennis Club that has had electric heat and hot water for 25 years.
Upon inspection, we were able to design an exposed spiral duct system for the lounge area. After several locations were noted and then discounted, Chris was able to build a mechanical room for the new 93% efficient Lennox gas furnace and with some creative ductwork and insulation we were able to insure a quiet system.The heating system on the first floor which would serve the entrance hall and locker rooms was a little easier since we had access to a large office and storage room. The Lennox gas furnace was tucked into a corner so it took up about the same space as 2 file cabinets. The duct was designed to blend in with the ceiling and after Chris “Picture framed” all the duct penetrations, it looked like it had always been there.
The water heater was a challenge since it was in the middle of the building. Again we scouted several locations and decided that with a Rinnai 98% PVC vented water heater we could keep the water heater in the same closet minimizing the piping and leaving more storage in the room for “stuff”. The installation crew of Joyce Cooling and Heating of Nashua, NH, found a different path for the flues which would keep the pipes form the main court area.
With these new systems the Hookset, NH Tennis Club will be able the use the saving and comfort from Natural gas and not keep the thermostats low because of the cost of electric heat.