HVAC For Beginners

HVAC For Beginners speaks to Building Systems Information and HVAC Basics. This website is presented as a free information source for all those interested in building construction and detailed information on building systems theory of operation, maintenance and trouble shooting. There is much information given detailing preventive maintenance of mechanical components.

It is intended that this information can be used both as a training  tool and as a reference source for all interested, especially for building operators, operations managers, property managers and tenant service personnel.

The information is presented in sections, with each section covering a particular portion of building construction and mechanical/electrical system considerations.

My permission is given that this HVAC For Beginners website may be saved, shared and used as a “Free” training system for all. Many have found that using this website as an ongoing reference very helpful.

Subjects included in HVAC For Beginners are:

Building maintenance tools, both hand and powered.

Mechanical engineering terms in common use.

Facility management personnel required with required qualifications and job descriptions.

Technical support personnel required with qualifications and job descriptions.

Administration support personnel with qualifications and job descriptions.

Building electrics speaks of power supply to and within a facility.

Elevators speaks to theory of operation and maintenance.

Escalators speaks to theory of operation and maintenance.

Mechanical components speaks to all the varied equipment and components which may be found in a facility.

Air systems speaks to the varied air systems and the theory of operation.

Building cooling speaks to the mechanical cooling system and the theory of operation.

Building heating speaks to the mechanical heating systems and the theory of operation.

Plumbing systems speaks to the plumbing systems and the theory of operation.

Water treatment speaks to water treatment systems for the heating and cooling systems and the theory of such.

Commissioning speaks to the testing of systems after construction and before turn over.

Systems maintenance speaks to ongoing maintenance after construction turn over.

Fire protection speaks to the theory of operation of fire protection systems.

Energy conservation speaks to the practical and theory of systems energy conservation.

Air balance explains theory and practical application of an air balance.

Water flow explains the theory and practical application of a water balance.

Sound Measurement speaks to testing and understanding sound.

Heat pump speaks to the theory of operation.

Building automation speaks to automated controls in operation in a facility.

Laboratory speaks to the theory of operation of laboratory supply and exhaust air systems including fume hoods.

Generator speaks to the theory of operation and maintenance of electrical generators.

Other facilities speaks to other specialty systems found in buildings.</u>

Work safety

Architecture speaks to various architectural styles.

Construction terms presents the common jargon of construction.

Hydraulics speaks to the theory of hydraulics.

Concrete speaks to the understanding of concrete.

Roof information speaks to the theory of roof construction.

Building galvanic speaks to the interaction of specific materials.

Glass in a building.

Window considerations.

Door considerations.

Exterior wall considerations.

Interior wall construction.

Ceiling considerations.

Floor considerations.

About Author of HVAC For Beginners

Being recently retired my 45 year career was specialized in Building Systems, especially building HVAC mechanical systems.

Having owned and operated my own company for 28 years, I have extensive experience in:

Building operations, maintenance, commissioning and mechanical systems problem solving. 

Practical and theoretical understanding of air and water balance principles.

Practical and theoretical understanding of sound tests.

Practical and theoretical knowledge of laboratory systems including fume hoods, canopies and exhaust arms.

In depth understanding both MD15128 and ASHRAE 110 laboratory operational and verification guidelines.

A good understanding of the management of facilities and related mechanical/electrical systems in general is presented in HVAC For Beginners.