Fundamentals of HVAC Systems

1st Edition

SI Edition Hardbound Book

Authors: Robert McDowall
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123739988
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 18th December 2006
Page Count: 240


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Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC)systems are omnipresent in modern buildings. This book is an introduction to all those involved in the specification, design, manufacture, installation, operation or maintainance of these systems.

The book explains: The objectives to be achieved by a 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 application.

Key Features

  • Air-conditioning is a major growth industry, this introduction to how systems operate and how to select, design and operate them effectively
  • Endorsed by, and developed with ASHRAE, the leading trade body and recognised technical experts
  • Provides a thorough introduction to how HVAC systems function in controlling temperature, air quality, and air circulation in a controlled space.


Engineers entering the HVAC&R industry, including recent graduates and those from other sectors. Air-conditioning contractors, technicians, architects, constructiona and building management professionals

Table of Contents

Introduction to HVAC, Introduction to HVAC Systems, Thermal Comfort, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality, Zones, Single Zone Air Handlers and Unitary Equipment, Multiple Zone Air Systems, Hydronic Systems, Hydronic System Architecture, Central Plants, Controls, Energy Conservation Measures, Special Applications


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About the Author

Robert McDowall