Manual H - Heat Pump Systems

Manual HManual H - Heat Pump Systems

ACCA’s Manual H: Heat Pump Systems - Principles and Applications contains everything you need to know about heat pump systems and equipment for residential and small commercial applications. In this manual, you’ll learn about the basic principles of heat pump operation, the different types of heat pump systems, applications, installation, and system design.


Manual H is divided into five informative sections.

Section 1 - General Discussion of Heat Pump Basics
Section 1 serves as a general introduction to the basics of Heat Pump operation.

  • Heat Extraction
  • Heat Pump Performance
  • Integrated Capacity
  • Coefficient of Performance
  • Heat Pump Sizing Considerations
  • The Design Balance Point
  • Actual Operating Balance Point
  • Supplemental Heat
  • Emergency Heat
  • Operating Hours

Section 2 - Overview of Heat Pump Systems
Section 2 goes over the varying types of Heat Pump systems, their varied usages, and how they work.

  • Air to Air Heat Pumps
  • Water to Air Heat Pumps
  • Ground Water Heat Pumps
  • Air to Water Heat Pumps
  • Water to Water Heat Pumps
  • Hybrid Heat Pump Systems
  • Reclaim Heat Pump Systems
  • Water Loop Reclaim Systems
  • Zoned Heat Pumps Systems
  • Earth Coupled Heat Pump Systems
  • Solar Assisted Heat Pumps
  • Heat Pumps Added to Wood or Coal Furnaces and Boilers
  • Heat Pump Water Heater
  • DeSuperheater Water Heaters

Section 3 - Principles of Heat Pump Operating Cycles
Section 3 details the heating, refrigeration, and operating cycles of various Heat Pump systems.

  • Heat Sinks and Heat Sources
  • Refrigeration Cycle
  • Refrigerant Side Accessories
  • Refrigerant Side Safety Devices
  • Capacity Control
  • Humidity Control During the Cooling Cycle
  • Defrost Cycles
  • Microprocessor Controls
  • Efficiency Ratings
  • Strategies for Control of Heat Pump Operation
  • Operating Controls

Section 4 - Heat Pump System Application Principles
Section 4 goes over the various applications and equipment selections of different Heat Pump systems.

  • Load Calculations
  • Air Distribution
  • Duct Design
  • Water Piping
  • Air-to-Air Equipment Selection
  • Equipment Selection, Water to Air Equipment
  • Equipment Selection, Air to Water or Water to Water Equipment
  • Heat Pump Energy and Operating Cost Calculations
  • Residential Air Source Heat Pump Energy Calculation
  • Residential Ground Water Heat Pump Energy Calculation
  • Add on Heat Pump Energy Calculations
  • Residential Cooling Energy Requirements

Section 5 - General Installation Procedures
Section 5 discusses and details the general installation procedures of Heat Pump systems.

  • Outdoor Equipment Location, Clearances, and Support
  • Indoor Equipment Location, Clearance, and Support
  • Air Distribution Systems
  • Water Piping Systems
  • Refrigerant Piping
  • Refrigerant Charge
  • Condensate Disposal
  • Sound and Vibration
  • Power Wiring
  • Control Wiring
  • Air and Water Testing and Balancing
  • Accessories
  • Adding a Heat Pump to a Warm Air Furnace or Hydronic Boiler


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