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Ground-Source Heat Pumps: Keys to Design, Installation

The popularity of GSHP systems can lead to inappropriate installations unless engineers learn to apply them correctly

Amid the current push to “go green” by building high-efficiency, environmentally sound, sustainable HVAC systems, heat pumps — particularly those that use the earth's geothermal energy to serve as a heat sink and source — are generating a lot of buzz. Ground-source heat-pump (GSHP) systems operate like every other HVAC system: They move energy from one place to another. Although that sounds simple, HVAC engineers and designers owe their livelihoods to the

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