Handbook of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Handbook of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning 

Frank Kreith

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Buildings account for the largest sector of the U.S. economy. Construction, operation, and investment in buildings are industries to which every person is exposed daily. One of the major expenditures in the life cycle of a building is the operation of its space conditioning systems — heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) — dwarfing the initial cost of these systems or of even the entire building itself. Therefore, it is important to use the best, most current knowledge from the design phase onward through the building life cycle to minimize cost while maintaining a productive and comfortable indoor environment. HVAC systems are energy conversion systems — electricity is converted to cooling or natural gas is converted to heat. Because it is important to understand from the outset the nature of energy demands placed on HVAC systems, that subject is discussed immediately below. The chapter closes with a short outline of the rest of the book with its coverage of HVAC design, commissioning, operation, and problem diagnosis.

Content :
  • Introduction to the Buildings Sector
  • Fundamentals
  • Economic Aspects of Buildings
  • HVAC Equipment and Systems
  • Controls
  • HVAC Design Calculations
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Appendices

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