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beginner lessons

What is a good website or book to study for a beginner about radiant, before going to a school (such as I=B=R)?

Already have a 2 year degree in HVAC from a community college, and a decades in facility maint, and a decade as service tech in a related field of equipment with complicated controls, gas, steam, electric heat, and refrigeration.



  • Josh M.
    Josh M. Member Posts: 360

    The radiant basics course by the radiant panel association would be a good place to start. You can get a workbook and DVD at a pretty reasonable price. We always start every new apprentice out on the program their first day of work.

  • Steve_154
    Steve_154 Member Posts: 16


    You're lucky because you do not need to look any farther! If you want to learn about radiant or any type of hydronic heating you have come to the right place.

    This web sight has a ton of information.

    The LIBRARY section has great articles and written segments about all forms of heating, the wall is an excellent place to read live discussions about current problem jobs or jobs that have been completed, and the RESOURCE section of this web page has great books priced well under what they are worth! (@ Least for what I've learned from them and how they have helped our family business grow.)

    Good Luck & Hope to See You Around,

  • Mike T., Swampeast MO

    Sounds to me like you already have good background knowledge of both HVAC systems and their controls.

    Personally, I'd dive right into a book like Modern Hydronic Heating by John Siegenthaler (Particularly good value when used I might add.)

    It might seem a bit overwhelming and technical at first but John's style is quite understandable. Keep reading and re-reading as necessary and most imporantly work through the math even creating your own "problems" and you'll be quite well rewarded.

  • Mark Hunt_3
    Mark Hunt_3 Member Posts: 184
    THE best book I have ever read

    on hydronics is "How Come".

    Dan lays it all out in that one and you owe to yourself to buy it.

    "Pumping Away" is another MUST OWN.

    Mark H
  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    your locaal library.....

    hunt around on the tool bar ...here at this site... read these books and you will have pretty much covered it :)
  • maurice_3
    maurice_3 Member Posts: 1
    beginner lessons thanks

    Mark, may I assume that the author of How Come is Dan Holohan?

    I've been looking at these sources! Found John S's book on ebay, looks like it is a FAST seller!

    Thanks for all the relpies!
  • Rich L.
    Rich L. Member Posts: 414

    The Radiant Panel Association (www.radiantpanelassociation.org) has a great web site with a forum to post questions and answers to. You can also look through the old posts for info specific to questions you may have. Another good site not yet mentioned is www.healthyheatying.com. I'll second all the books mentioned above as great resources as well!

    Good luck, Rich L.
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