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Residential HVAC as if Comfort and Energy Mattered

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Course Description:

In this course, we'll address common HVAC problems that waste energy and reduce comfort, and how attempts to fix these problems often make things worse. Practical
"use-it-today" information and demonstrations will help you learn how to do it right.

Topics will include:

  • Ductwork that works: Good ducts, bad ducts and how to tell the difference between the two. We'll also find out how important duct and air handler location can be.
  • A balanced treatment of unbalanced airflow: Duct leakage and closing interior doors can cause airflow balance problems and increase infiltration. We'll sort through it and provide solutions.
  • Sizing up system sizing: Sizing air conditioning systems properly can provide better humidity removal and lower utility bills. Find out why and how to size right. Results from sizing and HVAC studies conducted in Florida homes will be presented.

CEUs: 4 credits

Number of Classroom Hours: 4

Identify Intended Target Group

Course is designed for residential HVAC contractors, building officials, builders and utility representatives.

Overall Goal

Have students gain a better understanding of the latest research on duct leakage and consequences of system sizing on home performance.

Method of Presentation

Presentation, model demonstration and possible sample worksheets.

Method of Evaluation

Class attendance.

Instructors (one or more of the following):

James B. Cummings is a Program Director at FSEC where he has been principal investigator for 24 research projects over 18 years. He has conducted field research in more than 250 homes and 100 commercial buildings, identifying air flow, pressure differential, HVAC, and moisture control failures. He has done extensive training in building science, combining his considerable diagnostic field experience into his training experience. Mr. Cummings holds an MS degree in Applied Solar Energy.

Jeff Sonne is currently principal investigator for a national energy use in schools assessment. Jeff has served as co-principal investigator for a number of projects including a monitored roofing study, high school energy audit curriculum development project and "Operation: Open for Business!" pilot program.. Pilot project was a joint effort with Florida DCA and the City of Deerfield Beach that provided interest free loans to area businesses for hurricane mitigation and energy retrofits. Extensive involvement with other energy monitoring studies, including site research, system set-up and installation, data acquisition and analysis and reporting. Also significant experience performing residential energy audits, load calculations and energy ratings. Recently assisted with development of PC-based energy use calculation software (EnergyGauge) and primary responsibility for the software on-line help system. Mr. Sonne has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and a BS in Liberal Arts Engineering from Wheaton College.

Chuck Withers is a Senior Research Engineer at FSEC and a hands-on building scientist and accomplished researcher (18 published papers). He has performed field research in more than 300 buildings. He is fluent in the language of building diagnostics – blower doors, duct testers, pressure mapping, and air flow verification – because he has performed a full range of tests on a wide range of buildings. He has seen how buildings fail and knows how to communicate that knowledge. He has presented at more than 40 conferences, workshops, and courses, including Florida Energy Gauge, duct leak test method, IAQ Diagnostics, and commercial buildings uncontrolled air flow courses. He has a BS degree in Secondary Education Physics.

Date Location Price  

There are no upcoming offerings of this course.

Register online by clicking the above link or by phone by calling (321) 638-1422 and giving your credit card information.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  All payments are fully refundable if cancellation is received at least 5 business days before the class begins, otherwise the registration is non-refundable.  FSEC reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient pre-registration.  In that event, all payments are fully refundable.  Registrations are NOT transferable to future workshops.  By registering, you accept this cancellation policy.