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Modern Hydronic Heating: For Residential and Light Commercial Buildings Hardcover – October 17, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0766816374 ISBN-10: 0766816370 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; 2 edition (October 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766816370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766816374
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Siegenthaler, P.E. is a mechanical engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a licensed professional engineer, and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. "Siggy", as he is known in the industry, has over 30 of experience in designing modern hydronic heating systems including those using renewable energy subsystems. He is a hall-of-fame member of the Radiant Panel Association, and a presenter at national and international conferences on heating and building technology. John is principal of Appropriate Designs - a consulting engineering firm in Holland Patent, NY.

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I used this book to install my radiant heat system.
William L. Williams
I really did NOT want to spend this much money on a reference book.
BAM
The book is very clearly written, well organized, and very useful.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Bobb L. Bittner on April 21, 2005
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Excellent book for a DIYer planning on installing a hydronic radiant system. Gives basically all the information that you need to plan and install a full system. Some of the topics are pretty involved and require some basic math, but the book walks you through everything with great detail. Covers:

1) Determining heating load estimates

2) Required water temperatures and flow rates

3) Pipe installation, including pumps and expansion tanks

4) Several approaches to zoning

5) Laying PEX tube for radiant panels
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John G Goetten on March 18, 2003
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The book was very useful. The only drawback was the "Hydronics Design Kit" was not included. This costs an additional $76 from Oikos.com and is referred to many times in the book. Therefore, it is almost a requirement during use of the book.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2000
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This book is THE resource for any homeowner planning to install radiant floor heat. It is written as a textbook for HVAC students, but it serves equally well as a reference and informative design resource for the average homeowner. John Siegenthaler is recognized by his peers as one of the outstanding radiant heating engineers. I highly recommend this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1999
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This textbook is the kind you might want to use for a college course on Hydronic Heating Design. It mentions a software program (not included) that must have been used in conjuction with the creatation of this text. Great explainations and examples along with exercises at the end of each chapter. Well worth the price.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tim slater on January 11, 2002
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this is an excellent book. i have an engineering background, and this book has the level of detail and scientific rigor i find useful. i am using it to design my own system.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas O. Burrows on February 1, 2007
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I am a special projects manager for a major tankless water heater company. I bought this book to further my knowledge of hydronic and radiant heating so I could better assist our customers when they call me for advice.

I have some experience with plumbing in the solar field and have attended a class at Uponor, so I come to this book with an amateur's level of experience.

I have only started the book, but I can say that it is extremely complete and well written. From what I have come across in trade journal articles that deal with our business, John Siegenthaler is no doubt the "Rajah of

Radiant" and all things hot water.

I use it constantly now as a reference book to learn and to help others. I plan to use it someday soon to help design my own radiant system in my solar powered straw-bale retirement home "out yonder" somewhere.

The reason I rated it as a 4 instead of a 5 is because I could not find anything about using tankless heaters as a heat source. John covers everything from normal residential gas fired tanks to high efficiency complex boilers, but doesn't address tankless which is becoming more and more popular with radiant because of the low temperature requirements (85º ~ 100º).

This second edition is dated 2004. Unfortunately, hydronic technology is moving at warp speed and we are already in 2007!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mmmomm on November 7, 2006
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Although pricey, I would recommend buying this book if you plan to put in radiant floor heating yourself. I looked at the other books which just scratched the surface and found this one was a complete guide to what I needed. Don't waste your money on the others unless you just want some general information.

The author of this book knows what he's writing about.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By al on December 4, 2006
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this is really an excellent book. you can use this book to build a system from scratch with confidence. all information that could possibly be important is inside but the way it is organized you don't have to read the whole thing and you can skip around. really well written. good job. also incuded is detailed information on many possible unusal configurations including wood fired hot water systems.
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