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Air Conditioning Principles and Systems: An Energy Approach (4th Edition)

Air Conditioning Principles and Systems: An Energy Approach (4th Edition)
Author: Edward G. Pita P.E.
ISBN 13: 9780130928726
ISBN 10: 130928720
Edition: 4
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2001-07-08
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 524
List Price: $202.60

Using a minimum of mathematics, this book explores the fundamental concepts of air conditioning and their application to systems—explaining all concepts in a clear, practical manner, and focusing on problems and examples typically encountered on the job.

This book contains the most recent and industry-wide accepted information on load calculations, design data, equipment information, and use of the Internet. Specific chapter topics cover the scope and uses of air conditioning; physical principles; heating loads; furnaces and boilers; hydronic piping systems and terminal units; cooling load calculations; psychrometrics; fluid flow in piping and ducts; piping, valves, ducts, and insulation; fans and air distribution devices; centrifugal pumps, expansion tanks, and venting; air conditioning systems and equipment; refrigeration systems and equipment; automatic controls; energy utilization and conservation; instrumentation, testing, and balancing; and planning and designing the HVAC system; and solar heating and cooling systems.

For consulting engineers, mechanical contractors, HVAC engineers, designers, project managers, and facilities managers.


The text commences with a photograph of the solar collectors atop Honeywell's corporate headquarters, which provide over 80% of the building's cooling requirements, and an instructive "air conditioning fable." Pita (environmental control technology, New York City Technical College, The City University of New York) presents other developments in the field (e.g. computer software applications, new refrigerants and recycling requirements, and cooling load calculations based on the latest ASHRAE data)<-->after explaining the principles of air conditioning uses, equipment, system design and installation processes, and energy utilization/conservation considerations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.