Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


SMACNA’s HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics—Updated 2016

Jun 09, 2016

SMACNA’s new manual “HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics,” 2nd edition, 2016, is a non-technical overview of HVAC systems used in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. It covers system operation and components; and presents helpful diagrams and figures illustrating the systems. 

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

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.

Members may download SMACNA’s “HVAC Systems: Understanding the Basics” free of charge. The discounted price of $95 is available to architectural and engineering firms and their employees (provided they are not in the contracting business, as well); educational institutions, government agencies, government departments, and code officials. Non-SMACNA members and non-discounted purchasers pay list price: $145.