New HVAC Book: Geothermal HVAC: Green Heating and Cooling

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This book is the first highly readable, comprehensive look at geothermal heating and cooling for homes and small businesses – a poorly known but highly promising technology that offers clean, renewable, domestic energy at a rapid payback. The book is aimed at home and business owners, but is presented with sufficient depth and detail to be a must-read for contractors, installers and anyone else associated with the fast-growing industry. The book simplifies and explains core concepts with dozens of original illustrations, complemented with photos of real-world systems that are saving owners money today.

In this book, readers learn that almost anyone can take advantage of geothermal heating and cooling, no matter where they live.

We demonstrate how pay back periods can be remarkably quick, even less than a year in some cases, and that innovative finance tools are available that allow customers to get a new system with no money down, and in some situations even remain net cash flow positive at all times.

We clearly explain the different types of ground loops being installed, and what loops are best for what conditions. We also explain the different types of heat pumps, air handlers and other hardware.

We provide instructive, and humorous, case studies of jobs gone wrong and common problems.

We show readers how to pick a reputable contractor, how to spot cheats, and how to verify the quality of systems. This is no trivial point, because our research indicates that a significant number of companies working in the space provide subpar work.

We show conclusively why geothermal heating and cooling is one of the "greenest" technologies available for a home or business, and why it is one of the smartest investments too.

This is no dry textbook; it is written with wit and voice and is full of engaging stories, based on more than two decades of experience in the field.

Geothermal is perhaps the most misunderstood of clean technologies, but it has one of the lowest barriers to entry and among the best promise. This book is inspiring and eminently practical.
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