Things are getting steamy - boiler exhaust safety?
December 12, 2013 7:28 AM Subscribe
New high efficiency boilers installed - great! But what exactly is in the condensate?
posted by analog to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
Our building is very old (late 1800s) and runs on steam radiator heat. Our landlord recently installed two new high efficiency boilers, and we know that the replacement was a big deal. However, we are wondering about the contents of the condensate coming from the boiler, and the proximity to windows and doors. Here
is a picture of the vents (though both have downspouts fitted now).
We actually don't doubt that these vents from the boiler are in fact up to code, but outside of the legal allowances, is there any risk or unpleasantness to fear from the boiler exhaust? We are having a hard time getting a consistent answer. I think I understand enough to know that the condensate is mostly steam and not smoke per se, but we are still wondering about any potential things to look out for. If it matters, we live in a climate that is very cold in the winter (often -20 degrees Celsius or colder). Thanks for your help!