Comprehensive Guide to HVAC Systems: Fundamentals, Design and Operation

Online /
Apr 22 - 25, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0427-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 4 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Gain insight into the individual components of an HVAC/R system.
  • Apply fundamental principles to design and operate HVAC systems effectively.
  • Understand basic psychrometric terms and applications.
  • Understand basic pressure enthalpy terms and how it applies to an HVAC/R system.
  • Perform calculations for the refrigeration cycle, building load, duct design, and hydronic piping design.
  • Select appropriate controls for optimizing HVAC equipment and systems.
  • Identify trends in equipment selection being used in single-family and multi-family residential construction.
  • Identify energy-saving opportunities within HVAC systems.
  • Design efficient control strategies for HVAC systems.

This comprehensive course is essential for HVAC system designers and operators seeking mastery in fundamentals, sizing, selection, and operation.

Participants will delve into core principles, psychrometrics, air conditioning processes and equipment, heating processes and equipment, heat loss and heat gain calculations, air distribution system design, controls, energy usage, and the economics of HVAC systems.

By mastering these skills, you will be well-equipped to design, operate, and optimize HVAC systems with a focus on energy efficiency and cost savings.

Course Outline

  • HVAC/R System Fundamentals
  • Major Components
  • Refrigerant and Pressure v Temperature Relationship
  • Pressure Enthalpy: Net Refrigeration Effect – external factors impacting capacity and efficiency.
  • Psychrometrics
  • Building Envelope Considerations
  • Comfort
  • Heat loss and heat gain calculations
  • Duct design
  • Water distribution systems
  • HVAC equipment and system selection
  • Control selection, energy, and costs

Who Should Attend
Consultants • Facilities • Trained Technical Operators • Professional Personnel Responsible for Designing, Specifying and Maintaining HVAC And Refrigeration • Others Involved in the Retrofit, Installation and Repair of Such Equipment and Systems.

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Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day 1 – HVAC/R Fundamentals with a Focus on AC/R

Welcome, Introduction, Learning Outcomes, and Agenda.

HVAC/R System Equipment & Concepts

  • Heating Equipment
  • Cooling Equipment
  • Basic Cycles & Concepts
  • Refrigerant & Pressure v Temperature Relationships

AC/R Expanded

  • Refrigerant cycle and pressure enthalpy diagrams
  • SEER & COP calculations and comparison
  • Refrigerant pipe sizing
  • Refrigerants in use and future trends
  • Environmental impact
  • Traditional residential design vs heat pumps and VRF
  • Installation, commissioning, and maintenance considerations

Day 2 – Everything Air


  • Psychrometric Chart
  • Psychrometric Process
  • Psychrometric Calculations

Comfort, Ventilation, IAQ

  • Thermal Comfort – ASHRAE Standard 55
  • Ventilation & IAQ – ASHRAE Standard 62.1 & 62.2

Day 3 – Residential System Design

Building Envelope

  • Indoor Conditions
  • Outdoor Conditions
  • Heat and moisture transfer through the envelope

System Design

  • Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations
  • Duct Design
  • Hydronic Pipe Design

Day 4 – System Design, Equipment Selection, & Control Strategies

System Design

  • Heat Pump Balance Points
  • Fan Selection / Fan Curves
  • Pump Selection / Pump Curves

Equipment Selection

  • Selection of cooling equipment
  • Selection of heating equipment
  • Selection of HRVs/ERVs

Control Strategies

  • Energy usage and cost calculations
  • Available controls

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Dan Reggi

Dan has developed and instructed HVAC/R courses, seminars, and workshops for over 15 years. He started with a very hands-on approach, working for Emerson as a gas technician and refrigeration mechanic (313A) across Canada. Working for Emerson is where he began teaching end users, technicians, engineers, and everyone in between as the product expert for Liebert Canada.

Dan went on to teach HVAC/R at Humber College for 10 years, where he developed and delivered a practical understanding of 15 different courses, both in the classroom and in the lab. He has recently moved on to Evolve Home Services as their Director of Technical Services.

At Evolve, he is responsible for overseeing residential mechanical design, equipment selection, technical training, and service.

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Fee & Credits

$2595 + taxes

  • 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 28 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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