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HVAC Fundamentals and BMS Controls

Build your knowledge systematically, from the working principles of HVAC to optimizing a chiller plant operation
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 5h 56m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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9.7 / 10

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10.0 / 10
This course was last updated on 6/2022.

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9.0 / 10
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9.5 / 10
Video Score: 8.5 / 10
The course includes 5h 56m video content. Courses with more videos usually have a higher average rating. We have found that the sweet spot is 16 hours of video, which is long enough to teach a topic comprehensively, but not overwhelming. Courses over 16 hours of video gets the maximum score.
The average video length is 3 hours 15 minutes of 67 HVAC courses on Udemy.
Detail Score: 10.0 / 10

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Extra Content Score: 9.9 / 10

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7 articles.
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0 exercise.
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Table of contents


*Updated in Jun22. New section added!*
Hello! If you are starting out in the HVAC industry, or wished to gain more knowledge in an area which seems complicated and confusing to most people, you have found the right course!
My strength and approach in training is simplifying the important knowledge into something you will be able to grasp easily.  I cover the water-side in building air conditioning systems extensively, and will build your knowledge slowly until you reach the competency of evaluating, optimizing, selecting and sizing chillers for a typical chiller plant.
In addition, you will gain knowledge in HVAC controls (air-side and water-side) and troubleshooting using Building Management System. This is usually overlooked and is often handled by automation engineer. Good controls are important in managing the HVAC system effectively and in optimizing the operation of the whole chiller plant. Join me in this unique course to give yourself a head start in the HVAC career!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Some 5 stars reviews from the students:

“I have struggled with HVAC and getting my head around the concepts for a very long time. I took a course on it in my postgraduate schooling, and still couldn’t understand it. This course has made all of these concepts suddenly clear and I understand how to apply them. I’m only half way through but I am seriously impressed with the clarity of the information and the fantastic examples Mike has put together to drive the concepts home. Thanks for a great course!” -Zoe Zeiler

“I learned an enormous amount of info from this course. The course is very well-structured with full of information in it. This taught me a lot about HVAC Fundamentals and BMS Control as what the Course Title says. Upon finishing this Fundamental course, I felt that I have gained solid foundation and ready for more advance pertaining to HVAC subject. Great job instructor. I highly recommend this course to everyone.” -Jhoe Missi

“Clear explanation of concepts for beginners such as me. Good number of examples and thought provoking problems that help you apply the taught concepts. Worth the pay.” – Subashini Urkavalan

“I enjoy going over the basics all the time to keep myself in-tune and up-dated all the time. I have 25 years experience in the HVAC industry but you still learn everyday. Thank you Mike Lo for a great course and a awesome attempt to do so in English. I have again learnt alot more than I originally knew before the course.” – Bruce

“Crystal clear explanation on a not so easy topic! As an HVAC electrician that is mainly involved with the controls and power, it was really useful for me to get a deeper understanding of the mechanical side of things, for which this course was perfect.”  – Dries Herreman

“Course well designed. All of my doubts cleared. Good for fundamentals.” -Deepak Kumar Swain

“I think it is a good match for me as a starting point and the lecture was very thorough and clear. Excellent!” – Carlos Zapata

Learning Outcomes and Content
1) Examine the refrigeration cycle processes on a pressure enthalpy diagram
•Explain the working principle of a vapour- compression refrigeration cycle
•Analyse the performance of refrigerant cycle by applying the pressure enthalpy diagram
•Outline the properties of typical refrigerants
2) Evaluate the selection considerations for various types of HVAC systems
•Describe the various types of air-conditioning systems
•Assess the configuration of a typical chilled water system
•Assess the building cooling load and plant efficiency in a chilled water system
3) Explain Building Management System Controls in HVAC
•Explain controls in air handling systems (air-side)
•Determine various ways of reducing energy consumption in the air distribution system, without penalizing Indoor Air Quality
•Explain controls in chiller plant (water-side)
4) Evaluate the different strategies used to improve energy efficiency of the HVAC system
•Assess the performance of chiller plant
•Compare the various methods used to optimize chiller plant efficiency
•Describe alternative cooling technologies that are currently being adopted

You will learn

✓ Examine the Vapour compression cycle processes on a pressure enthalpy diagram
✓ Evaluate the selection considerations for various types of ACMV systems
✓ Evaluate the different strategies used to improve energy efficiency of the ACMV system
✓ Understand basic controls in the air distribution system and chiller plant using Building Management System (BMS)


• Some engineering or field knowledge in HVAC is preferable but not mandatory. All the concepts are explained in depth using an easy to understand language to allow students to build their knowledge from the ground up

This course is for

• HVAC practitioner
• Building Management System (BMS) engineer
• Facilities Manager
• Building Engineer
• Air Conditioning Engineer
• Controls Engineer

How much does the HVAC Fundamentals and BMS Controls course cost? Is it worth it?

The course costs $19.99. And currently there is a 82% discount on the original price of the course, which was $109.99. So you save $90 if you enroll the course now.
The average price is $16.4 of 67 HVAC courses. So this course is 22% more expensive than the average HVAC course on Udemy.

Does the HVAC Fundamentals and BMS Controls course have a money back guarantee or refund policy?

YES, HVAC Fundamentals and BMS Controls has a 30-day money back guarantee. The 30-day refund policy is designed to allow students to study without risk.

Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

Currently we could not find a scholarship for the HVAC Fundamentals and BMS Controls course, but there is a $90 discount from the original price ($109.99). So the current price is just $19.99.

Who is the instructor? Is Mike Lo a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Mike Lo has created 3 courses that got 1,208 reviews which are generally positive. Mike Lo has taught 5,415 students and received a 4.4 average review out of 1,208 reviews. Depending on the information available, Mike Lo is a TRUSTED instructor.
Practitioner and Trainer for Building Engineers
Hello! I graduated with a masters in mechanical engineering and I started off my career as a Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning engineer.
As a HVAC engineer, my job is to do the design and equipment selection for the water side and air side of the air conditioning system, such as chillers, cooling towers, pumps and piping. The air side includes air handling unit, fan coil unit and ducting system.
After years of experience, I decided to move on to a Building Management System company as an application engineer. It is one of the best decision I have made in my career life as I got to learn so much about the trade through this role, which I have never thought of as a HVAC designer. I got to master the controls of HVAC within a building, and specialized in optimizing HVAC system performance for energy savings.
And now, I provide consultancy services and training workshops to building owners and facility managers. I equip them with the knowledge on how to reduce their building energy consumption significantly through the air conditioning system. With my new found passion in teaching, knowledge sharing and online course creation, I hope to reach out to more people who are interested in my area of expertise globally!
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