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HVAC Control Systems, 3rd Edition

  • Ronnie J. Auvil
  • ISBN-10: 0826907644
  • ISBN-13: 9780826907646
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2003
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

HVAC Control Systems provides and introduction to HVAC fundamentals and control system principles for pneumatic, electromechanical, electronic, and building automation control systems. This textbook includes in-depth coverage of commercial heating and cooling systems and also covers modern ventilation and indoor air quality requirements. The new edition covers the latest technology in web-based control, networking, wireless control applications, energy auditing and efficiency, system retrofitting, direct digital control, and maintenance management and includes a new feature: field-based troubleshooting scenarios of control system problems. Expanded content includes BACnet and LonWorks building automation protocols as well as system integration. This textbook is specifically designed for HVAC and building maintenance technicians.


  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date text dealing with HVAC Control Systems on the market.

  • Extensive use of illustrations and application photos of common configurations that learners will encounter on the job.

  • Chapter overviews provide a learner-centred rationale for the material covered in each chapter, and show how the material relates to the rest of the text.

  • Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter focus learners on what they can expect to achieve in each chapter of the text.

  • Safety is stressed throughout the text.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: HVAC Fundamentals
Chapter 2: Commercial Building Heating Systems
Chapter 3: Commercial Building Cooling Systems
Chapter 4: Indoor Air Quality and Commercial Air Handling Units
Chapter 5: HVAC System Energy Sources
Chapter 6: Control Principles
Chapter 7: Control Systems
Chapter 8: Air Compressor Stations
Chapter 9: Pneumatic Actuators, Dampers, and Valves
Chapter 10: Pneumatic Thermostats, Humidistats, and Pressure Switches
Chapter 11: Pneumatic Transmitters
Chapter 12: Pneumatic Receiver Controllers
Chapter 13: Pneumatic Auxiliary Devices
Chapter 14: Pneumatic Control System Applications
Chapter 15: Electrical Control Systems
Chapter 16: Electronic Control Systems
Chapter 17: Building Automation Systems and Controllers
Chapter 18: Operator Interfaces
Chapter 19: Building Automation System Inputs and Outputs
Chapter 20: Building Automation System Installation, Wiring, and Testing
Chapter 21: Computer Networks and Web-Based Control
Chapter 22: Direct Digital Control Strategies
Chapter 23: Supervisory Control Strategies
Chapter 24: Building Automation Systems Retrofit of Existing Systems
Chapter 25: Building System Management
Chapter 26: Energy Audits and Utility Structures
Chapter 27: Building Automation System Troubleshooting
Chapter 28: Building Automation System Interoperability: Advanced Technologies
Chapter 29: Building Commissioning


New to this edition

  • Three new Chapters (2, 3, & 29) have been added to the Third Edition. New and revised material includes:
  • Chapter 2, Commercial Building Heating Systems. (New). Covers steam & hot water systems, boiler fittings and accessories, solar heating systems, electric baseboard heaters, and electric radiant heat panels.
  • Chapter 3, Commercial Building Cooling Systems. (New). Covers cooling systems, chillers, compressors, absorption systems, cooling towers, distribution/piping systems.
  • Chapter 4, Indoor Air Quality and Commercial Air Handling Units. (New). Covers indoor air quality, air handling units, CAV & VAV air handling units.
  • Chapter 17, Building Automation Systems and Controllers. Added network thermostat controllers, web-based interface module hardware connections, web-based interface module software and setup.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

HVAC Ccontrol Systems Answer Key  (ISBN-10: 0826907660 | ISBN-13: 9780826907660)
HVAC Control Systems Workbook  (ISBN-10: 0826907652 | ISBN-13: 9780826907653)

Student Supplements

HVAC Control Systems Workbook  (ISBN-10: 0826907652 | ISBN-13: 9780826907653)