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Geothermal

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    Air Conditioning for Humid Climates

    Balancing cooling with humidity control is a tough job in the coastal South. A North Carolina hvac pro explains how the latest generation of cooling equipment meets the challenge.

     
  • Q&A: Fuel Cost Comparison

    Q: A customer asked me how to compare the cost of different heating fuels (natural gas, propane, oil, and electricity). Can you provide a chart with this information?

     
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    Fine-Tuning Forced-Hot Air

    A heating contractor details how to upgrade from a typical bare-bones heating system to one that delivers comfort and customer satisfaction.

     
  • A Builder's Guide to Geothermal Heat Pumps

    Installed correctly, ground-source heat pumps can provide comfortable, efficient heating in many climates. Here’s an overview of the available options.

     
  • Notebook

    Cordless battery update, lumber price predictions, “green” building defined, geothermal heat pump rebates curtailed, job-site theft, storm shelters in tornado alley, algae-resistant shingles, residential silos

     
  • Resources

    Estimating basics, laminate countertop primer, roofing material spec book

     
  • For What It's Worth

    Lightweight coil nailers, efficient two-fuel heat pump, hands-free fall arrest

     
  • Piping Layouts for Hydronic Heat

    The design of hydronic heat distribution piping affects overall comfort levels, regardless of boiler efficiency. An engineer describes the pros and cons of four piping layouts for hot-water heat.

     
  • Energy-Saving Products for Energy-Efficient Homes

    Manufacturers have introduced a host of energy products designed to work in today’s tight homes. An energy expert takes a look at what’s new and noteworthy.

     
  • Ground-Source Heat Pumps

    Capturing the earth’s energy with underground heat-exchange loops can cut heating and cooling costs — if it’s done right. An hvac contractor tells what he’s learned from 15 years of installing geothermal heat pumps.

     
 
 
 
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