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John Siegenthaler has created the
definitive textbook on hot-water
heating. Modern Hydronic Heating
is a reference manual containing all
the things an installer or designer
of a hydronic system needs to know.
(Hydronic heating means using water
to carry heat to all parts of the house.
Once there, it can release that heat
through baseboard radiators, fan coil
units, radiant slabs, and even pool,
spa, or whirlpool heating.)
Siegenthaler has written the right
book at the right time. In the colder
climates, hydronics continues to gain
in popularity over forced-air systems.
This is driven in part by increasing
concern for indoor air quality and the
health effects of