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Centralized Vs. Decentralized Air Conditioning Systems

COURSE NO: M05-012
Centralized Vs. Decentralized Air Conditioning Systems
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses the various issues to be considered and the questions to be raised before an intelligent, well-thought HVAC scheme is finalized. The distinction between 'central' and local floor-by-floor 'compact' systems is critical from an architectural perspective and shall serve the primary theme for this course.


Successful Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are the key to successful buildings. Because each building is different, it is very important to choose a system that is right for the facility. Proper selection of the HVAC system is a crucial decision for any new project and the decision depends upon a number of factors like how large area needs to be cooled, what is the application, what kind of total heat is generated inside the enclosed area, the developer's preference - initial installation cost, aesthetics, and long term maintenance and life cycle costs etc etc. The HVAC engineer would consider all the related parameters and suggest the system most suitable for your space.


Many different HVAC systems are available today but the design and selection of right HVAC system must combine a proper choice of engineered products efficiently providing conditioned air to the space at optimum energy while adding architectural features which complement the interior design.


This 5 PDH online course is applicable to all mechanical engineers, design professionals, operations and maintenance personnel, as well as consultants and contractors who construct, build and manage mechanical building systems.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the different types of HVAC systems
  • Understanding the HVAC design challenges on various architectural and functional parameters
  • Understanding the difference between central and decentralized systems
  • Understanding the central chilled water system sub-configurations
  • Understanding the various types of decentralized systems (window, split, package, heat pumps and VRF systems)
  • Understanding the pros and cons of the central and compact systems
  • Understanding how to select the right system for your application
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled "Centralized Vs Decentralized Air Conditioning Systems".

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Centralized Vs. Decentralized Air Conditioning Systems (1.2 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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