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Selecting Heating and Cooling Systems for Homes

There is not one right heating and/or cooling system that can be universally recommended as each home has different circumstances that must be considered. This session will explore the fundamental concepts of determining the peak design loads of buildings, selecting and sizing space conditioning equipment, and properly distributing the conditioned air throughout the home. The pros and cons of each system type will be considered in some detail, particularly with respect to first cost, energy performance, installation issues, and maintenance needs. Case studies and results from research projects conducted across the country will be presented to support the concepts discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what it means to right-size your HVAC system.
  • Understand the concepts of zoning and controls to optimize comfort.
  • Recognize how to integrate the HVAC distribution system into the architectural design
  • Make informed decisions when selecting home space conditioning systems taking into account project goals, budgets, interactions with other building systems, maintenance, etc

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