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There's a rift in the home-heating industry that pits professionals on the water side against those on the air side. That is: hydronic vs. forced warm air. Some contractors prefer one type of heat to the other, but many have learned that to serve their customers well they must offer both types of heat.

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Boiling Over There's a rift in the home-heating industry that pits professionals on the water side against those on the air side. That is: hydronic vs. forced warm air. Some contractors prefer one type of heat to the other, but many have learned that to serve their customers well they must offer both types of heat. The term hydronic heat may sound like an obscure, futuristic form of heat production. Yet, it has been around for centuries and is widely regarded as the finest type of heat available for the home. The term simply refers to water that is heated, then circulated in liquid form, or as steam. Since steam is -- well, losing its steam, we'll focus on systems that circulate heated water. After all, the best natural convector of heat is water, making it the perfect medium for heating your home. Few will dispute that water is often the most comfortable and efficient source of heat. Although more expensive to install than other forms of residential heat, hydronic heat is cleaner because it doesn't circulate dust, dander, molds and allergens. It doesn't forcefully dehumidify the air or push the air around; it is quiet, and it heats very uniformly. Hydronic heat's incredible flexibility is a huge advantage for homeowners. It can be served up through traditional, standing radiators, or by sleek, sculpted panels for walls or ceilings. Also, hot water running through tubing installed either in or under floors and walls effectively turns them into huge radiant heat panels. Hydronic heat is also easy to zone. Heating large or small areas of the house - depending on your need - can be controlled precisely. This increases comfort and substantially reduces home energy costs. Using programmable thermostats for each zone, you can set the daytime living areas to cool down at night and warm up in the morning before you leave the bedroom. Hydronic heating produces hot water for cooking, washing, hot tubs and swimming pools; it can also be circulated within walkways, garage floors and driveways to melt ice and snow.

There's even a method called hydro-air that combines hydronic and forced-air heat. It consists of a coil of tubes placed within a central air-conditioning system. Hot water from the boiler goes to the coil. Air heats by passing through the coil and then circulates into the living space. The heart of a hydronic system is a boiler (or in some instances, a water heater). But don't let those dusty old recollections trick you into thinking of a boiler as a menacing mass of metal and twisted pipes. The new generation of high-efficiency boilers combines art and function beautifully! Boilers typically outlive furnaces, and the hydronic system - as a whole - is uncomplicated with few moving parts. And because hydronic heat is a sealed system, it doesn't add or remove moisture in the house, so there's usually no need to install equipment to balance indoor humidity. The chart below looks at some of best of these systems, listing features, prices and AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) for each. In An Indirect Manner Indirect water heaters may be the most significant technology enhancement to enter the residential hot-water industry in the last 30 years. Two key needs have driven demand for these incredibly useful and practical heating units: fuel efficiency and an ever-increasing need for more hot water. Hot tubs, large baths, multihead showers and bigger homes with more bathrooms all create a major appetite for hot water. Fortunately, these heaters can generate it faster than anything else. Though electric water heaters are quite efficient, operating costs are high. Direct fossil-fuel-fired tank water heaters are typically inefficient, unless specifically designed for high efficiency, but that means a substantially higher expense on the front end. And all tank-type water heaters are great collectors of precipitates.

Incoming water slows suddenly, heats up and gives up its mineral particulates, which fall to the bottom, insulating the tank from the heat source over time, adding to thermal stress and decreasing efficiency. Indirect-fired water heaters, on the other hand, use the high efficiency and sturdiness of modern hydronic boilers by becoming an attached "zone." Typically, the boiler sends 180° F water into a coil within the super-insulated tank, where the water is heated without the stress and with the efficiency that's so hard to combine in direct-fired tanks. As an indication of their efficiency and ability to produce hot water, many indirect-fired water heaters provide two to four times the recovery rate of gas-fired water heaters. They also offer three to six times the peak output for comparably sized electric water heaters. Indirects, like any popular product, are available in a wide variety of configurations and sizes from a number of manufacturers, European and domestic. All of the leading manufacturers of indirect units insulate their tanks very well. Most claim losses of 2° or less per hour during standby; some measure heat loss at less than 1/4° F per hour. The majority of tanks range in size from 20 to 120 gallons. Prices range from $500 to $2,000, and from $1,000 to $4,200 for 120-gallon units. The wide range in pricing is due to quality of craftsmanship, accommodation for faster heat recovery, ease of installation and maintenance, resistance to deterioration and mineral buildup, integration with boiler controls, efficiency, standby losses and expected service life. They do not reflect differences in installation labor, which can be substantial. Again, refer to the chart to compare features and highlights at a glance. John Vastyan is president of Common Ground, Uncommon Communications, based in Manheim, Pa. He can be reached at 717-664-0535 or cground@ Dave Yates is a master plumber and owns the PHVAC firm F.W. Behler in York, Pa. He can be reached at 717-843-4920 or

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