Great Books

Here is an incomplete list of great books that I recommend from all areas of the HVAC/R trade including business and general life skills. Adding new books all the time.

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HVAC Sizing and Design

Bob’s House

Bob's House A case study for understanding the residential HVAC design process as described in the ACCA residential technical manuals.
ACCA
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Commercial Refrigeration in Plain Language

Commercial Refrigeration for Air Conditioning Technicians

Reader-friendly and packed with useful tips, COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION FOR AIR CONDITIONING TECHNICIANS, 3rd Edition, helps you apply existing skills to new concepts in order to service medium- and low-temperature refrigeration equipment such as walk-ins, reach-ins, refrigerated cases, and ice machines. Readings focus on the food service industry, and include how-to advice from seasoned pros on installing, servicing, and troubleshooting commercial equipment. Freshly updated to include the latest industry changes, this new edition adds six full sections of content, as well as 150 helpful illustrations, pictures, and diagrams including a step-by-step flowchart for quickly diagnosing and addressing the nine most common refrigeration problems you will see on the job. A resource to keep in your truck or the shop, COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION FOR AIR CONDITIONING TECHNICIANS, 3rd Edition, is ideal for any technician working with commercial refrigeration today.
Dick Wirz
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HVAC/R Textbook

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology

John Tomczyk, Eugene Silberstein, Bill Whitman, Bill Johnson
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HVAC/R Textbook

Fundamentals of HVACR

Comprehensively introduces the fundamentals of HVACR in digestible units, supported by hundreds of colorful visual aids Written in a style thatis easy to understand, this Third Edition of Fundamentals of HVACR introduces the principles of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. The book is comprehensive enough to be used as the basis not only for HVACR courses, but for entire HVACR programs. Units are short and digestible, presenting complex material in a concise, straightforward manner without ever dumbing down its topics. Compared to other, similar texts, Fundamentals of HVACR is visually stunning, featuring 2900 supporting photographs, illustrations, drawings, and diagrams―most of them in full color. The Third Edition has been revised to reflect expanded coverage of electricity, motor controls, motor applications, new technologies, regulations, and changes in the HVACR market, and remains the most up-to-date HVACR text available.
Carter Stanfield, David Skaves
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Residential Duct Design

Understanding Manual D

Written by Jack Rise, one of the country's leading HVACR instructors, the purpose of this book is to give you all the tools necessary to properly design a ducted distribution system. This is not a replacement for Manual D, but a companion guide. In this guide we will discuss single aspect of air flow from the Fan Laws, to system types, to air side components, to equivalent fitting lengths, to the different duct materials, to choosing a blower, to calculating a friction rate, to human comfort, and to a simple balancing methodology.
Jack Rise
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HVAC/R Electrical Textbook

Electricity for Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning

The ideal book for students and beginning technicians, this Ninth Edition of ELECTRICITY FOR REFRIGERATION, HEATING, AND AIR CONDITIONING provides readers with the basic electrical principles necessary to understand today's modern control systems. The book's practical approach allows readers to focus exclusively on the electronics information they will use in the field, without bogging them down in unnecessary theory. The book focuses on helping readers master systematic diagnosis and troubleshooting methods and procedures that will enable them to become highly-skilled, professional HVAC-R service technicians.
Russell E. Smith
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Home Performance & Science

The Home Comfort Book

Are rooms of your house uncomfortable or unusable at different times of the year? Is your home drafty in winter? Do you get hit with a wave of heat walking upstairs in summer? Are mold or pests frequent problems in your home? Do you get big icicles in winter? Do you suspect your home is making you sick? Do you sleep better out of your house? Do you have a damp, dank basement? How about air quality problems like dust or odors? Are you ready to solve those problems? Then this book is for you.Before you can solve a problem, you need to understand what is causing the problem. This book explains how your home actually works so you can address root causes, not symptoms. We’ve seen far too many folks waste thousands of dollars addressing the wrong problem. Armed with this book, you can find the right pros to solve problems, understand if the work was done right, and even DIY many things yourself.This is the book I wish I had when I entered the Home Performance eld. It connects theory to action and shows real world examples of work being done and the results achieved. It assumes you’re a building science novice as well as smart and willing to learn.You’ll learn about how your home works, what to look for in a new heating and cooling (HVAC) system, what kinds of insulation work best and why, how to choose and install the right bath fan, and more. Everything in this book is backed up by field experience, data, and an overwhelming passion to do things right the first time.
By Nate Adams
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Hydronic Heating

Modern Hydronic Heating

From simple applications to multi-load / multi-temperature systems, learn how to use the newest and most appropriate hydronic heating methods and hardware to create system the deliver the ultimate in heating comfort, reliability, and energy efficiency. Heavily illustrated with product and installation photos, and hundreds of detailed full-color schematics, MODERN HYDRONIC HEATING, 3rd EDITION is a one-of-a-kind comprehensive reference on hydronic heating for the present and future. It transforms engineering-level design information into practical tools that can be used by technical students and heating professional alike. This revised edition features the latest design and installation techniques for residential and light commercial hydronic systems including use of renewable energy heat sources, hydraulic separation, smart circulators, distribution efficiency, thermal accumulators, mixing methods, heat metering, and web-enabled control methods. Everyone involved in the heating trade will benefit from this preeminent resource of the North American heating industry. It is well-suited for use in a formal education course, self-study, or as an on the job reference.
By John Siegenthaler
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