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HVAC Design Principles and Major System Components

written by: Mike Aguilar • edited by: Lamar Stonecypher • updated: 10/14/2011

Whether you're upgrading an existing system or building a new one, good knowledge of the principles of heating and air conditioning, and typical designs, will allow you to make wise decisions when the time comes. These principles, along with descriptions of typical components, are referenced here.

References

  • HVAC Ductwork image courtesy wikimedia commons:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Insulated_duct_2.jpg

  • Raised Floor Air Return Tile image courtesy wikimedia commons:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Perforated-ventilation-tile.jpg

  • Heat exchanger image courtesy wikimedia commons:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rotary_heat_exchanger.png

  • Heat pump chiller image courtesy wikimedia commons:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Heat_pump_chiller.JPG

  • AC Compressors image courtesy wikimedia commons:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Air_conditioner_armaflex_insulation.jpg

  • Industrial air conditioning image courtesy wikiemedia commons:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Industrial_air_conditioning_unit_%28DFdB%29.JPG

  • Cooling tower chiller image courtesy wikimedia commons:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chiller_plant_vent_img_2457.jpg

  • Thermostat image courtesy wikimedia commons:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:OfficeThermostat.jpg

  • Mike Aguilar has more than eight years of experience as an electrician.