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Geothermal HVAC [Hardcover]

Jay Egg , Brian Howard
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Book Description

Oct. 19 2010 0071746102 978-0071746106 1

In-depth, practical details on geothermal HVAC systems

This definitive guide covers commercial and residential geothermal heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technologies and explains how to take advantage of their money- and energy-saving features. Geothermal HVAC: Green Heating and Cooling reviews the array of choices currently available, offers market values for systems based on varying options and conditions, and describes how to pair the best systems for each application and budget. Whether you're a contractor or a consumer, you'll find out what you need to know to implement a geothermal HVAC system in a retrofit or new construction project, and start benefiting from this sustainable, affordable technology.

Find out how to:

  • Learn the basic types of heat transfer--convection, conduction, and radiation
  • Understand how geothermal earth-coupled heat pumps work
  • Determine which ground loops to use for earth coupling to best meet the demands of the site
  • Use load sharing to channel the heat differential of one device into useful energy for another
  • Calculate system efficiencies and heat gain and loss
  • Understand geothermal project proposals and system pricing
  • Benefit from incentives, tax credits, and rebates for geothermal HVAC systems
  • Calculate your long-term return on investment
  • Verify that your installed system is working as intended
  • Troubleshoot your system and avoid common problems

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About the Author

Jay Egg is a certified geothermal designer and founder of Egg Systems, an HVAC services company focused on geothermal technology. He is a sought-after expert on geothermal HVAC, and his team has written hundreds of web articles on the topic.
Brian Clark Howard is a Web editor with the Daily Green, a division of Hearst Digital Media. He writes and edits articles and blogs on earth-friendly topics, and is syndicated on Yahoo!, MSN, Huffington Post, O (The Oprah Magazine), and others. Brian is the coauthor of The Whole Green Catalog (Rodale Press 2009) and Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth (Penguin, 2005).


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for a novice or expert! Jan. 7 2011
Format:Hardcover
What a great book! I am a home owner looking to have a Geothermal HVAC and pool system installed in my house in central Florida. I have neighbors who had it in New York and up north where the technology has been around for years. They all suggested using a closed loop system because that it what they knew about and what most installers suggest. After reading Mr. Egg and Mr. Howard's book I found that a closed loop might not be the best solution for my Florida home. After shopping around for an installer, I finally found one and showed him the book and what I had read. He was just as impressed as I was and we are now moving forward with a pump and re-inject systems.

This book is truly helpful to home owners, commercial business owners and installers looking to know more about this fantastic technology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skeptical Engineer vs. Proven Technology Sept. 26 2011
Format:Hardcover
Geothermal HVAC
I'm a mechanical engineer working closely with a high end architectural office. I have always been skeptical at best about geothermal for homes. Over the past year, I have been introduced to some solid concepts a procedures for geothermal hvac technology, but I was still not ready to commit to the technology...primarily because it is so unregulated.

When the architectural firm I work with came to me to design the mechanical for a large custom home, I scoffed at the prospect of geothermal hvac. The owner gave me a copy of this book (Geothermal HVAC) and asked me to skim it. This book is like a breath of fresh air in a vast wasteland...it addresses the real issues without presuming to have to teach the technical aspects, which in my opinion is the demise of any new technology, trying to teach the common do-it-you-selfer (such as I am often called) how to design and install something that should be left to a highly trained professional.

Cutting to the bottom line, I've followed the guidelines in the book, and I am busier in this depressed economy than I've been in the last 15 years (I have currently more than 20 projects going valued in the millions). People really want this, and they want to be convinced that we know of what we're speaking. Brilliantly written, easy to read, and right on the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, Informative, and Motivating Jan. 6 2011
Format:Hardcover
Finally - a book with a comprehensive description about practical geothermal usage. This book describes the benefits, application, and science behind geothermal heat pumps and their ability to heat and cool our homes and office buildings. This technology has a promising future with the potential to drastically reduce our carbon footprint. I am not an HVAC professional but I found this book very easy to read and understand. It held my attention well and gave me the information I was looking for. It's a great resource!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Purchased a Geothermal HVAC Unit Jan. 25 2011
Format:Hardcover
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book about geothermal HVAC! It's chuck-full of helpful information, tips, and advice about the process of buying a geothermal heat pump and about the installation process.

I had been considering installing a geothermal heat pump system for a few years but I didn't feel like I knew enough about the technology to make the leap. This book gave me the information I needed and I knew that investing in this technology was definitely the route I wanted to take. So, about 6 weeks ago I took the plunge and contacted the two geothermal installers in my area for bids. During our meetings I felt like I had the knowledge and understanding about the topic to be able to converse with them and I understood the terminology they were using. I felt informed and confident conversing about the subject. Anyways, I choose one of the installers (again, the book helped me know which would be best depending on the brands they offered and certifications they had).

I've had my new HVAC system for a little over a week now and we are loving it! The unit is super quiet (we never hear the air kick on or off), the temperature seems more stable throughout the day, and it takes up less space than my old system. I haven't received my first electric bill since the installation but I'm expecting to see quite a drop! Overall, I've become a total believer in this technology. I've had a very successful experience and the book helped guide me through it all. 5 stars from me!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good for people then doesn't know Dec 11 2011
By Jrl
Format:Hardcover
It's the surface of the subject. You won't be able to do nothing with this. I'm happy than the book is not expensive.
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