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Clear, concise, well illustrated and interesting!,
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This review is from: Heat Pumps for the Home (Hardcover)
Having first discovered (just over 4 years ago) that my village pool in Lazonby, Cumbria is heated using a river-source heat pump I have always wanted to learn more about these intriguing devices. How can you use a river at 12 degrees Celsius to heat a pool up to 27 degrees Celsius, people often wonder. Well, if you are curious about this, or any other aspect of the use of heat pumps (air, ground or water source) then I can heartily recommend this book. It is clearly written and pitched in such a way that an interested person with only GCSE-level Science can get their head around the concepts involved. There are photos and diagrams throughout that often serve to illustrate some of the more difficult ideas.
Although the author is something of a champion for heat pump technology, he takes a balanced view of its drawbacks as well as its benefits and does not shrink back from addressing the concerns that people face (e.g. "If my neighbours and I all have ground-source heat pumps will we collectively end up freezing the ground between our houses?", "What happens if we have another winter in Britain like the one in 2011?", etc.) What becomes clear, however, is that with the right advice and the appropriate technology many domestic heating bills could be significantly reduced, leading to lower use of fossil fuels and therefore a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions - a win-win situation!
If you are interested in heating your house using heat pump technology or simply want to know more about how heat pumps work then I can thoroughly recommend this book.