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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
Table of contents
Chapter 1. How does geothermal work; Chapter 2. Components of a system; Chapter 3. What can be heated/cooled with geothermal/earth coupled systems; Chapter 4. Types and sizes of heating and cooling systems; Chapter 5. Types of geothermal heat pumps; Chapter 6. Which kind of geothermal system is best for which application; Chapter 7. Load calculations; Chapter 8. What should it cost to have a geothermal system installed; Chapter 9. System designs; what works, and what doesn't; Chapter 10. What is my EER, really; Chapter 11. Net positive cash flow... or how to calculate a payback…; Chapter 12. Federal and local tax incentives and rebates; Chapter 13. Lifecycles and longevity
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).