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Geothermal HVAC 1st Edition

3.0 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0071746102
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071746102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071746106
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I recently became acquainted with Geothermal HVAC; a green, money saving technology and wanted to find out more. As we all know the internet can roughly explain anything to you, but I wanted a more detailed explanation before I even considered purchasing a system. I looked around to see if there was a simple book or website on the subject and I found "Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling" by Jay Egg and Brian Howard Clark. This book told me everything that I wanted and needed to know. From the basics of what geothermal is, heat pumps and how they apply, ground loops (open and closed), load sharing, system efficiency, load calculations, reasonable prices, local and federal incentives, tax credits and rebates, project proposals and so much more. The book contained detailed descriptions as well as pictures and graphs. I was surprised by how easy the authors made the subject seem and thoroughly enjoyed their personal humor and anecdotes. I feel so much more comfortable about pursuing geothermal HVAC for my home after reading this book.
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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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