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HVAC Systems and Controls Fundamentals

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Take the basics of Heating and Air Conditioning one step further. This 150 hour program is developed by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Topics include: Fundamentals of HVAC Systems, HVAC Control Systems, DDC Controls, Refrigeration, Energy Efficient Design and Indoor Air Quality.

Course Topics:

  • Fundamentals of HVAC Systems
  • Fundamentals of HVAC Control Systems
  • Fundamentals of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 (Energy Efficient Design)
  • Fundamentals of ASHRAE Standard 62.1 (Indoor Air Quality)

This course takes an in-depth look at:

  • Introduction to HVAC Design - Introduction to air-conditioning, the environmental factors influencing comfort, and how to determine and prioritise system design objectives
  • Introduction to HVAC Systems - How to understand and use simple psychrometric charts, description of basic system components and operation of the economizer cycle
  • Thermal Comfort - Understanding the factors determining thermal comfort and the comfort envelope to design systems that operate within acceptable ranges
  • Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality - Understanding the types, sources and effects of air contaminants and how to control them, and the basic concepts of ASHRAE Standard 62.1
  • Zones - How to define zones and place thermostats effectively
  • Single Zone Air Handlers and Unitary Equipment - Calculating and maintaining mixed air temperature with single-zone air handlers and refrigeration equipment
  • Multiple Zone Air Systems - How to describe and sketch the common all-air systems, and discriminate between the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Hydronic Systems - Components, strengths and weaknesses of hydronic systems, the effects of varying water flow and considerations for effective ventilation
  • Hydronic System Architecture - General operation and layout of Steam Systems and Hot Water, Chilled Water and Condenser Water Systems
  • Central Plants - The value of Central versus Distributed Plants, the significance of pressure in boilers, the operation of chillers and cooling tower performance
  • Controls - Introduction to types of controls and control loops, DDC point types and protocol to ensure communication between DDC systems
  • Energy Conservation Measures - How to save energy in the operation and design of HVAC systems, overview of ASHRAE Standard 90.1, Heat Recovery and Control of Building Pressure
  • Special Applications - Radiant Heating and Cooling, Thermal Storage, Room Air Distribution and Humidity Control


After completing this course, you will understand:

  • The objectives to be achieved by an HVAC system in terms of environmental control.
  • The description of a system - including primary equipment, means of distribution, space and load determination, and operating strategy.
  • The basic function of components that form HVAC systems.
  • The layout and functioning of common HVAC systems, including all-air systems, air-water systems, and all-water systems.
  • The strategies for operating systems and their basic means of control.
  • Identifying the most suitable type of system for different types of applications.


course quick facts
course code PRO1154
cost $1595.00
estimated time to
complete course
150 Hours
course materials
12 Months

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