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Geothermal HVAC [Hardcover]

by Jay Egg, Brian Howard
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 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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Editorial Reviews

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).


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071746102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071746106
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed March 18, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Note: make sure to read the comments to my review which confirm my review.

I am a homeowner building a new home that will have a geothermal hvac system. I was excited to see a whole book dedicated to geothermal, and figured it would supplement my knowledge and give me some detailed information I am lacking.

This book was such a disappointment that I am returning it,especially because it is expensive. I found myself frustrated at every turn, as the author mentions something important and then goes on to say, consult your geothermal engineer, or that is why you need a good installer, or it all depends, but giving no actual information. By the way, if he is so insistent that we hire a geothermal engineer, perhaps he should give info on where to find one, how much they charge, how they are educated etc. He just mentions it like everyone is doing that when in reality, very few residential projects have a geothermal engineer consulted.

The author tells you at the outset that most systems are installed incorrectly yet gives minimal information on how to avoid an incorrect installation and what to look out for.

The author likes to tell stories about his family and his childhood, which would not have bothered me, except in this case it does bother me because we are buying this book for real information which this book is lacking.

The author seems to have an agenda, to promote geothermal and his own business. We should not be expected to pay for his advertising goals. I have literally read hundreds of books on building a home, as I will be acting as my own contractor, and have enough experience to know when someone is leaving out useful information on purpose.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If your are looking for a fluffy "green energy" book, or a hard core book with tons of calculations, this is not your book. But, if you want to understand whether or not this technology makes sense for your installation, Jay's book will be the best $60 or so you ever spend. It can save you thousands of dollars and keep your contractor on track.

This book is the current bible on geothermal heating and cooling for those wanting to understand what makes sense and what doesn't. It is an excellent resource for an HVAC or plumbing professional trying to understand what is involved before screwing up their first installation, or to learn why the system they installed is not performing they way they want. Although some of the reviewers find Jay's style and examples to be too personal, all the stories of what went wrong, what went right, and what he has learned over decades in the business make for an easy reading but fact filled jewel for both a homeowner considering geothermal alternatives, and the professional looking for a leg up in a rapidly growing business.

All too often tax credits create installers who tout a new technology, overcharge for it, and then disappear. Several years ago, I was lucky enough to bump into Bob Posch, an expert in the commercial HVAC. He lead me in the right direction before books like Jay's were available and kept me from making any major mistakes in my on geothermal heat pump installation. Jay's book clearly explains why my system works well and is my guide for two more installations in my home and that of my mother-in-law.

Bottom line is: Whether you are a homeowner seeking answers or a contractor, experienced in geothermal installations or not, you well be very well-served by stopping what you are doing right now and ordering this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written book on the subject June 18, 2011
By EK
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The book is well written and informative, but not overly technical. It is targeted at people that are looking for enough information to be able to talk intelligently with their geothermal contactor. I was looking for a book to help with the designing of a DIY geothermal system, so this book wasn't technical enough for what I was looking for.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent service August 5, 2011
By theagm
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found the Authors and title of this book on another site devoted to renewable energy. It is a comprehensive guide to geothermal HVAC. I got exactly what was described and in less time than allotted for delivery. Geothermal HVAC This was a seamless transaction with no problems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Grateful! September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
#7: I was on the TACO Hydronics website and found a new
type of geothermal controller called iWorX. They used a case
study based on a mansion in Florida, so I did a little research
and found that the company that has been responsible for this
technology is the same as the individual that wrote the book
on geothermal. I am grateful to have found this book, because
now I am taking advantage of the depth and breadth of 25
years of trial and error. Some people say to learn from your
mistakes. I like to learn from other's mistakes. Very well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK TO HELP ME UNDERSTAND THE INDUSTRY September 3, 2012
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This book is written in a lighthearted way. I found it easy to read and thus better understand the field of goethermal heating and cooling. I enjoyed that the author didn't find it difficult to point out the pitfalls of the technology. This is what is needed in a maturing industry. Well done!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars nofacts
This book was a total disappointment.and a waste of my time.dont waste your money.all he's trying to do is promote his business.
Published 2 months ago by Jackie
1.0 out of 5 stars Google is your friend.
Google: "Jay Egg" geothermal scam OR fraud OR ripoff

"There are more fools than knaves in the world, else
the knaves would not have enough to live upon. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Col. Bat Guano
5.0 out of 5 stars I’m an engineer that has given up on geothermal HVAC systems. I just...
Somehow, this book ended up on my desk, and I picked it up out of spite to disprove it. Apparently, all geothermal systems are not created equal! Mr. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alan M. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
I wanted to know about geothermal, you know, pipes in the ground to help heat and cool my house. I never knew you could do your pool?! Why is this not everywhere? Read more
Published 15 months ago by lexluvlife
1.0 out of 5 stars Very non-technical
The book lacks a lot of technical information and has almost no flow to it. That is, chapters are arranged in a very weird, illogical order. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Evan11
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for homeowners who want to save money! Love it!
I recently became acquainted with Geothermal HVAC; a green, money saving technology and wanted to find out more. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gonzoad1
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad even for non technical person
It was well written and even though I am no expert, I could follow the concepts and it make good sense.

worth the time to read!
Published on February 20, 2012 by Ann Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Home owner with GEO Thermal/ EGG SYSTEM
I think it is impmportant when you take advice or read a book the credabiliuty of the writter needs to be checked out, or what is the status of his buisness and all the clients he... Read more
Published on November 19, 2011 by Hans
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I had a chance to meet the author and preview some of the book
I am attending the Renewable Energy World Symposium in Tampa on Myrch 9th. Mr Egg is speaking and will be signing books there. Great book; great guy!
Feb 10, 2011 by CHRIS Raynor |  See all 2 posts
IGeothermal heating and cooling for the consumer and contracor
Thank you for suggestion. I really enjoyed the book, and I learned a lot!
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