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Heat Pumps for the Home

By John Cantor , Gavin Harper

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ISBN: 9781847972927
PUBLISHED: 24/10/2011
PAGES: 160
SIZE: 235x165 mm
INSIDE: 155 colour photographs & diagrams

In recent years, heat pumps have emerged as a promising new form of technology with a relatively low environmental impact. Moreover, they have presented householders with an opportunity to reduce their heating bills. Heat pumps can heat a building by 'pumping' heat from either the ground or the air outside: an intriguing process which utilizes principles that are somewhat analogous to those employed in the domestic refrigerator.

Written by an experienced engineer well-known in heat pump circles, this book is aimed at both householders and potential installers. It gives a broad and balanced view of a seemingly perplexing topic.

  • Describes what a heat pump is, how it works, the different methods of pumping heat and the importance of an appropriate and well-planned installation
  • Examines the air, the ground and water as sources of heat and explains how to make an informed choice
  • Considers the all-important subject of distributing the heat through radiators or through an under-floor system
  • Covers hot water production and delivery to the taps
  • Outlines environmental and financial issues associated with heat pumps
  • Dispels some common misconceptions and presents a number of case studies
  • Includes facts and figures and an invaluable glossary

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Latest Reviews
" If you're looking for a quick reference guide to heat pumps then this book should tick all the boxes. It goes through the basics, from what heat is to how heat pumps work, and will give you all the information you need to make an informed choice as to what system will be suited to your home. Most refreshing of all, this book is aimed at homeowners, so the technical bits are left to a minimum and for those who want to delve more into it, the latter chapters are dedicated to system sizing and other specification details. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: SelfBuild & Improve Your home

" Written by John Cantor, a refrigeration engineer, tutor and consultant, the fully-illustrated publication offers a jargon-free introduction to the technology but also delivers practical advice on how to ensure that the system design will meet expectation levels.
For both the novice installer and experienced heat pump engineer, this book will help to provide a response to many previously unanswered questions. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Plumbing, Heating & Air Movement News

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