About the book
Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment are key elements of typical building mechanical systems to satisfy thermal and environmental conditions whether for human comfort or process applications. However, such systems typically consume the largest fraction of the energy demands for any building year-round, where they roughly account for 40-60% of the overall power consumption. So, it is not surprising that the energy efficiency effort is primarily targeted towards the HVAC&R equipment and how to make them more sustainable. In this particular context, there is currently a tendency in the building sector to reduce the energy demands by incorporating energy-efficient procedures into the design, manufacturing, installation, and operation of the HVAC&R equipment used. It has also become desirable to reduce the reliance on fossil-fuel powered systems through the increasing investment in the renewable energy resources available whether on-site or off-site.
This book aims to discuss a variety of modern advances in equipment incorporated in the HVAC&R systems, present innovative designs of such integrated elements with the desire to satisfying the comfort conditions required as well as having low fabrication and operation cost, and compactness.