AIRAH releases Air-Conditioning 101
AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating) has released Air-Conditioning 101, an introductory online course designed to demystify heating, ventilation and air- conditioning (HVAC) for professionals from non-technical backgrounds.
The course is aimed primarily at those such as facility managers, building operations personnel or air- conditioning sales professionals whose day-to-day work might require a basic knowledge of HVAC but whose skill-set lacks an understanding of the discipline’s fundamentals.
“AIR-Conditioning 101 will help participants improve their understanding of what goes on behind the plant room doors, providing an overview of the key items that relate to air conditioning, energy use, maintenance and efficiency,” says AIRAH education manager Carolyn Hughes.
“Whether it’s Legionella management, fire and smoke issues, building code compliance or sustainability applications, there’s a lot going on in HVAC. Air-Conditioning 101 provides participants with the confidence they need to deal with mechanical service providers. It’s a comprehensive overview of the HVAC stuff you need to know.”
The course is delivered in an interactive online format, allowing candidates from around Australia to participate at a time that best suits them.
Featuring interactive animations, self-test questions and suggestions for further reading, the course should take between four and six hours to complete.
“Air-Conditioning 101 has a very easy format to follow,” says Sentinar national water manager Bryan Hadden. “It’s very informative yet basic enough to be easily understood.”
Topics include: what heats/cools a room, personal comfort, the refrigeration cycle, air-conditioning types, cooling towers and Legionnaire’s disease, air systems, new HVAC technologies, climate zones and climate change, energy and air-conditioning, reducing energy load, regulations and compliance, fire and smoke control, maintaining HVAC, and documenting and reporting.
After completing the course, participants can download a course summary, which provides a handy and informative day-to-day reference.
The course costs $195 for AIRAH members and $285 for non-members. Discounts are available for organisations that register five or more participants.