Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


HVAC Basics Book Incorporates Videos

Oct 10, 2018

HVAC v2018 250x300The newest edition of SMACNA’s HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics, 3rd ed., 2018, includes 38 learning-module video links for an interactive and more personal learning experience.

This non-technical manual, free to members, provides an overview of HVAC systems used in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. In addition to the videos, the book covers system operation and components; and presents helpful diagrams and figures illustrating the systems.

This unique resource is perfect for self-study, group training, or reference. Review questions at the end of each chapter make the guide more helpful as a learning tool and test the user’s understanding of the concepts discussed in each chapter. Research has shown that students retain more information and are more enthusiastic about learning when educational videos are part of the learning experience.

Members may download the new manual in PDF format free of charge.

Topics in the new manual include:

  • HVAC system basics

  • Central heating and central cooling equipment

  • Hydronic and air distribution systems

  • Central HVAC systems

  • HVAC system controls and the components that comprise these systems

  • The 2016 update covers:

  • Humidifiers

  • Mini-split systems

  • Geothermal systems

  • Hydronic radiant cooling

  • Other new technology and equipment