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HVAC-Calc Commercial 4.0 HVAC-CALC COMMERCIAL 4.0.................................... 1
What can this program do? ........................................................................................................................3 Do you need to be a computer expert?.......................................................................................................3 How fast or powerful of a computer does it take? ....................................................................................3 Is support available and is it expensive?....................................................................................................3 What about the price and the license? .......................................................................................................3 What is the best way to learn the program? .............................................................................................4 Installation ...................................................................................................................................................4 From a downloaded file .............................................................................................................................4 From CD....................................................................................................................................................4 Starting HVAC-Calc ...................................................................................................................................4 The Opening Screen ....................................................................................................................................5 Our Sample Job ...........................................................................................................................................5 The Job Component ....................................................................................................................................6 What order do I do things in? ....................................................................................................................6 How do I get help?.......................................................................................................................................7 The Design Conditions Component............................................................................................................7 The Time of Load Component....................................................................................................................7 Which components do I add? .....................................................................................................................8 The Floor Component .................................................................................................................................8 The Wall Component ..................................................................................................................................9 The Window Component ..........................................................................................................................11 Adding a second window...........................................................................................................................12 The Door Component ................................................................................................................................12 The Results Page........................................................................................................................................13 The Back Wall............................................................................................................................................14

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The Back Window and Door ....................................................................................................................14 The Partition Component .........................................................................................................................16 The Ceiling Component ............................................................................................................................18 The Skylight Component ..........................................................................................................................19 The Duct Component ................................................................................................................................19 The People/Vent Component ....................................................................................................................20 Making a change........................................................................................................................................21 The Infilt/Exhaust Component .................................................................................................................23 The Lights Component..............................................................................................................................24 What’s with those triangles in the Tree? .................................................................................................25 The Misc Component ................................................................................................................................25 The Results Page........................................................................................................................................27 The Printed Reports ..................................................................................................................................28

OTHER FEATURES OF HVAC-CALC COMMERCIAL 4.0.............................. 28
To Register the Program...........................................................................................................................28 Saving your work.......................................................................................................................................29 Making a Copy of a Job ............................................................................................................................29 Also from the File Menu ...........................................................................................................................29 The Change All Button .............................................................................................................................29 Cold Storage...............................................................................................................................................30 How Do I Change Where My Jobs Are Stored.......................................................................................30 The Final Word..........................................................................................................................................30

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What can this program do?
HVAC-Calc Commercial 4.0 can help you calculate the design heat loss and heat gain for commercial buildings. It is a single zone program, so if you have several zones, you just do them one at a time. HVAC-Calc is extremely simple to learn and to operate. HVAC-Calc helps you do the difficult parts of commercial loads, such as choosing how many people, ventilation for those people, infiltration and miscellaneous loads. You just need to enter the dimensions and tell HVAC-Calc what the building is used for and it will come up with suggestions for you.

Do you need to be a computer expert?
You definitely do Not need to be good at computers in order to easily run HVAC-Calc. The program is extremely consistent, meaning that once you have learned how to do one item, such as floors, you can do any item, they are all very similar. There is no “dragging and dropping” or “defaults” to set or files to save or manipulate or icons to puzzle over or any of those other computer things that so often get between you and the work you want to accomplish.

How fast or powerful of a computer does it take?
HVAC-Calc is a very light program. By this I mean it does not take much hard drive space and it does not require a powerful computer to operate. It even runs fine on old 486 computers. It does require Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP or Vista. I like the look of HVAC-Calc better when the display is set to 800 X 600 resolution, however, we took great care to be sure it operates just fine at 480 X 640, the lowest resolution possible.

Is support available and is it expensive?
HVAC Computer Systems Ltd. has been producing contractor friendly computer software since 1981. We have always provided toll-free telephone support totally free of charge, 7 days a week! No other software company in our industry comes close to matching our support. We take personal pride in our software and we want to make sure you can make full use of our products. We want you to like them as much as we do and will provide whatever support it takes to get you there.

What about the price and the license?
When you pay for software, you pay for the right to use it, with some conditions attached. It is much like a hunting permit gives you the right to hunt, but with conditions. We have a very generous, contractor friendly license, which we ask you to honor. When you use HVAC-Calc you are agreeing to the following conditions. A single user license ($389) gives one person the right to use the software, this does not mean one person at a time, it means only one person. Additional user licenses are $89 per person. Exception: Husband and wife teams, father and son, brothers, count as one person. However boss and salesman count as 2 so and additional $89 is due.

All you have to do is find the file you downloaded. HVAC Computer Systems Ltd.0 This one person is allowed to install the program on up to 3 computers. Just proceed through the installation. every computer program has such statements. type D:HVAC-CalcSetup (replace D with the drive letter of your particular CD drive) and click on OK. After installation is complete. click on the Windows Start button and click on Programs. first you install the program once. There you will see a list of programs and folders.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. click on it. please see page 28 or the page that came with your CD. you are not welcome to give them your registration number! To register the program. clicking on Next. you are welcome to make copies and give them to others who might have a use for the program. and its owners and employees have no liability for the correctness or completeness of the program and its calculations. Installation From a downloaded file If you are reading this manual. you probably have already installed the program. you need a license for each site. you can get most of the help you need right on screen. In the pop-up box. If it does not. I strongly suggest you accept the default of "program files\hvac-calc". Just accept the suggestion as made by the installation screens and you will be done. his home computer and a laptop computer. you may be required to re-start Windows. At one point you will be asked where you want to install HVAC-Calc. and double click on it. Probably the CD will start the installation program automatically. for example his work computer. Remove the CD from the drive and store it in the back of the manual. you will be able to do loads using only the onscreen help. Depending on . By using HVAC-Calc you are agreeing to the stipulation that you are using the program as is and that HVAC Computer Systems Ltd. The installation program installs the necessary files on your hard drive. (Please note. After completing the tutorial. If you have multiple sites. Starting HVAC-Calc Like all Windows programs. This manual has a short tutorial to teach you the basics.0 and click on it. it just that most put it in tiny print!) 4 What is the best way to learn the program? HVAC-Calc has a unique help system that explains things right on the screen. Please note that installation is not the same as starting. Look for the folder called HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. cannot be held liable for the use of this program or its’ results. click the Windows Start button in the bottom left of your screen and then click Run. There you will see an icon called HVAC-Calc Commercial. From CD Insert the CD into your CD drive. Once you learn the basics. You will then see a standard Windows installation that will be almost totally automatic. Of course. There is no copy protection on the CD. then you can run it many times.

As this bank is reasonably new and in a cold climate. or single click on Load. The bank is 30 feet wide and 60 feet deep. They can also be moved to “Cold Storage” if they are old. which is heated but not cooled. by street or by name. there is a store on the east and the mall electrical room on the west. The front wall is outside and faces south. For the sample job. 5 The Opening Screen This screen eventually will have a list of all the jobs you have done.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. Our Sample Job We need a job to use as a sample for the tutorial. Just double-click on New Job. let’s use a small branch bank in a strip mall. it is well insulated. there are no jobs if this is the first time you have run the program or if saving jobs is disabled. This will bring you to the opening screen. Currently. . Just click on the OK button. There is a flat roof. You can’t get them all. or perhaps for jobs you didn’t get. They can be sorted by date.0 whether you have a trial version or the purchased version. you may see an information message or two. We will cover all the nitty-gritty details as we need them when doing the load calculation.

then the Design Conditions.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. I will explain the layout of the HVACCalc Commercial screen after we have added a component or two. add it to the tree. In other words do the Job. Start with the top row of buttons first. You can see that your tree is starting to grow. this is what I call the main screen on the right.e. the smarts work best if you do things in the same order as the buttons. However. you see a blank Job input screen. but you have not made that information “stick” yet. . click on the red Add button. BUT. This is because HVAC-Calc Commercial has detected that you have entered information in the input screen. Notice how the Add button is red. then the Time of Load. To make it stick. then the Floor and so on. What order do I do things in? HVAC-Calc Commercial does not force an order on you. Please make your screen look like the one below. i. The first component to add is the Job Component itself. and this is important. Right now you could add a Duct Component or a Lights Component or another component that is owned by the job itself.0 6 The Job Component As the program opens. You now have a Job Component. HVAC-Calc Commercial has a lot of built-in smarts that will help you get things done fast and right.

read the help at the bottom of the screen. I will be choosing Chicago. The Time of Load Component Click on the Time of Load button near the top of the screen. As your mouse cursor is over the states or cities. To load in the Design Conditions for your city. As the bank is probably busiest at 1:00. Now click on the red Add button to make it stick. you are urged to read the on screen help.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. from the list and click on . Look at the bottom of the screen and move the mouse cursor around. You have added the Design Conditions Component. choose 1:00 P. This is a pretty simple component but important.0 7 How do I get help? Help is right on screen. Illinois. Now click on the “Use this set” button to load in the design conditions for your chosen city. find the sentence “Choose from built-in cities” and select your state and city. The Design Conditions Component Click on the Design Conditions button near the top of the screen to see the Design Conditions screen. where you need it.M. There is a lot of help available! That’s why this manual is short.

In other words you do not need to add partitions or walls between conditioned spaces. Now you can click in the Width box but it is actually simpler to press tab twice to get to the Width box. the selection is already made for you. Step 1. . only the front edge and back edge are exposed to the outdoors. Check yours. However. then click on Add. Enter 30 in the Width box. Select floor insulation In the case of a slab floor.800 in the blue area box. So. Step 3. you do not need to add ceilings that are below conditioned spaces. Since Chicago is definitely a cold place. That is to press the red Add button. This is why they put edge insulation. there is an exception. according to the order of the buttons. Select floor location Click on “Concrete slab on grade”. Now click on the red plus button. you might enter 30 + 60 + 30 + 60 here. is the floor. Here you will be introduced to the Calculator. 2.0 Add. With a slab floor. to make the information stick. put 30 and 30 in two of the boxes and then click the red plus button. Step 4. Notice that you should follow the numbered steps in order. Enter 60 in the Length box.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. even if they are over a conditioned space. Select floor construction Because of your answer in Step. Enter floor area. Remember. which is used throughout the program. Step 2. in the perimeter. this bank is in a strip mall and has a room on both sides. select “2 in. The Floor Component The next component to add. Now you can see how you are starting to build the load calculation in the Tree by adding components. You could do the mental arithmetic and enter the area directly into the blue box. the heat loss occurs around the edges. Here is a picture of my screen before pressing the Add button. in colder climates. Enter the perimeter of the slab floor. However. Step 5. HVAC-Calc does the arithmetic for you and enters 1. If you were not thinking. The bank is 60 by 30 feet. We have now entered all information but we still have one more step to do. there is insulation put around the edge of the slab. You always add floors. edge R – 11”. 8 Which components do I add? With our programs HVAC-Calc Residential and HVAC-Calc Commercial. but I suggest you let your computer do the work. you only need to add components that have a heat transfer.

HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. HVAC-Calc Commercial automatically selected the Job Component (Bank of Chicago) in the tree. like a door for instance. Select ‘Concrete block with brick.0 9 The Wall Component Notice that after you added the Floor Component. This is because floors don’t ‘own’ anything. Step 2. Step 1. Then click in the Length box and enter 30. Click on the ‘S’ on the compass to set the direction. Select wall type. Let’s do the front wall first. Hit your Tab key twice and enter 12 for the Height. Notice how we are adding components in the same order as the buttons. to a floor. HVAC-Calc does that for you. Note that you don’t have to worry about subtracting windows and doors. Select additional insulation. to bring up the Wall Component input screen. Select ‘R-19 (5 ½ in. We will soon see that Wall Components own Windows and Doors. Click on the Wall button. then click on the red plus button. stucco or siding’ Step 3. but some are owned by other components. Select wall direction and enter wall area. You cannot add another component. Most components are owned by the Job Component.)’ .

Now click the red Add button. be sure to read the help at the bottom of the screen. the checkmark is there indicating that what you are viewing in the input screen is an existing component. or add children to it. This means that this component does not yet exist. Fourth. Making it stick We have done all the steps for the Wall Component but we have not yet added the wall to the building. all the buttons at the top are disabled except Wall. Third. S Wall appears in the tree and is selected (highlighted). Notice how Change and Delete are enabled. Select “Dark color” As you are making these selections. the Add button is now disabled (grayed out) because you can’t add a Wall to a Wall. Several things happen. because they can be used. Click on (select) Floor in the Tree. it is just theoretical.0 10 Step 4. because an existing Wall is selected in the Tree. Second. Window and Door. Also. This is because when a component is selected in the tree. the empty yellow box now has a checkmark in it. It changes for each step and is quite useful. all you can do is change or delete that component. Select exterior color. not one that you are contemplating adding. That last paragraph was very important. You should read it again and be sure you understand it. which indicates that the input screen is now showing an existing Component as compared to a theoretical one. Let’s experiment a little bit.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. First. but the Change and Delete buttons are enabled. because there is nothing you can add to a floor. . Notice the empty yellow box to the left of the word Wall in the tab. the only button that is enabled at the top is Floor.

None Step 6. or commandments of HVAC-Calc is that “If you want to have a child. 11 The Window Component The south wall of the bank is the front wall and it has 2 large windows. . None Step 5. One of the major principles. When you have the selections as below. None For Step 6. Notice the empty yellow box. then click on the red plus button. the program does that automatically.” Right now we want to add a window as a child of the South Wall. Do not take direction into account. S Wall is selected in the tree. This displays the Window Component input screen. you will see similar things. click the red Add button. then click on the Window button at the top. One is 12 feet long by 7 feet high and the other is 8 by 7. Now click on S Wall in the Tree. read the help at the bottom. For steps 2 to 6. Double pane Step 3. ¼ inch Step 4. this component doesn’t exist in the Tree yet. you have to select a parent.0 If you click on Design Conditions in the Tree or Time 1:00 PM in the Tree.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. In the Length box put 12 and in the Height box put 7. There is also a double door which we will get to later. only enter a percentage other than None if you are sure that the structure blocking the sun will always be there. So be sure the “parent”. then select Step 2.

When you are at the Window input screen. We’re done with the front windows. in case you want to add another child. with vestibule”. enter the dimensions. Click on the Door button at the top. Be sure that the parent. Our bank has one set of double glass doors. you will see a Window has been added as a child to S Wall in the tree. 8 feet long. so just click Add. Step 3. 7 feet high and click the Plus button. Looking at the rest of the steps. you can see that the selections are already made for you. Adding a second window We want to add the other window. HVAC-Calc Commercial automatically selects the parent in the tree. This has the same effect as clicking on the Window button at the top.0 12 After clicking the Add. The Door Component Again HVAC-Calc has automatically selected the parent in the Tree. If you have tried to work with other Commercial Load programs or manual calculations you are going to really appreciate how easy and painless HVAC-Calc Commercial makes some of the more difficult aspects of commercial load calculations. We could have easily lumped together both windows in one Window Component. select “Glass double door. so in Step 1. S Wall is selected in the Tree. . select “Double pane clear glass”. but I have chosen to do it as 2 components. In step 2.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. enter or select 1. Click on S Wall again.

it will be a simple thing. and even though there are 5 teller stations. so that means 48 door openings. We are bidding to the general contractor so we don’t really have a chance to talk to the bank manager to get his help on the traffic. The page is pretty self-explanatory. especially if you read the Help. (I know. . requires a bit of thought. the number of times each door is opened in one hour. Each one enters and leaves. If later we get more accurate information. This is a small bank with 5 tellers. The bank machine is in the vestibule so we won’t count traffic to it. we don’t! So we have to use our head. the solar gain in the case of a glass door and also the leakage of outside air that occurs around doors both when they are closed and due to traffic through them! All that is handled in one easy screen. Step 5.0 13 The Door Component handles the heat transmission through the doors. Click the Add button to add the Door Component. every time you go to the bank 3 are on break!) So that means 6 people per hour times 4 tellers equals 24 people in one hour. Let’s guess that it takes an average of 10 minutes for each person to do their dealings with the teller. anyway he works bankers hours. taking one minute to calculate and print a revised load. Enter 48 in Step 5. let’s say only 4 are in use. The Results Page Any time during a load calculation you can look at the Results Page by clicking on the tab “Results”.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4.

The Back Window and Door The back wall has one 4 by 3 office window and one single solid staff door that is not used much. What do we do? Well. If you have a problem.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. . North is already selected in the compass. “if you want to have a child. but the Add button is grayed out (disabled). Bingo. Click on the Wall button. go ahead and add them to the N Wall on your own. Currently S Wall is selected in the Tree. so lets say 2 openings during that hour. so just click on the Add button. Here are the 2 screen shots for these two components. The length of the back wall is 30 feet so enter 30 in the Length box and click on the plus button. HVAC-Calc has cleverly already made the rest of the selections for you.0 14 The Back Wall Let’s do the back wall now. just read the help. you have to select the parent”. We want to add a north wall. now the buttons for all the possible children of the building itself are enabled. Who is the parent of the wall? The Bank is! Select “Bank of Chicago” at the top of the tree.

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After adding the Door Component. So no. I don’t want to know about it. . which is heated but not cooled. namely “N Wall”. Floors are an exception because it is very useful for HVAC-Calc to know the floor area of the space. so that is why the partition button is disabled. Now all the possible children of the parent “Bank of Chicago” are enabled.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. we do not need to add the east partition. So who owns Partition Components? The building owns Partition Components. it should not be entered. Select “Bank of Chicago” in the Tree. Remember our bank is in a little strip mall facing south and there is a store on the east and the mall electrical room on the west. We have a partition to add so we need to select the parent of the partition in the Tree. however it is grayed out. HVAC-Calc automatically selects the parent of the component. If there is no heat gain or heat loss through a component.0 16 Pretty easy wasn’t it! The Partition Component Continuing on with our bank. we see the next button is the first one in the bottom row and it is the Partition button. unless it is a Floor. add them to the Tree anyway and select “Over conditioned space” in Step 2. if there is no heat transfer through them. Do we need to add the Partition Component between the store on the east and the bank? Rule: If it doesn’t contribute to the load. Of course “N Wall” can’t be a parent of a partition. For floors.

There is a partition between the bank and a heated but not cooled utility room. With Bank of Chicago selected in the Tree. Select partition construction Select "Block or tile. Step 1. Enter actual temperature difference Here you need to guess at what the actual temperature difference across the wall will be. In summer. Select partition insulation Select “No insulation” Step 5. Select partition finish Select “Finish” Step 4. you really just have to guess. hollow core" Step 3. In the winter. . Enter partition area The partition is 60 feet long by 12 ft high Step 2.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. and I have guessed 20 degrees. because the utility room is heated. click the Partition button. the difference is o.0 17 The west partition is another matter.

This is because Ceilings can be a parent.800 in the area box for the ceiling. . things are pretty consistent in this program. HVAC-Calc keeps “Ceiling” selected in the Tree.800 sq. To add the Ceiling Component. they own Skylights. However it is fine so let’s just proceed as always. the easiest way is to double-click on the word “Area”. so it is trying to save you a step by entering 1. this is one of the things that make it so easy and quick to use. Let’s add a Skylight. answering the questions in order. HVAC-Calc knows the floor is 1. and click on the Ceiling button. It is always important to do them in order as the questions change with different selections. make sure the parent of the ceiling is selected in the tree. Make your screen look like this one and click Add Notice that after you add the Ceiling Component. If it was incorrect and you wanted to clear the box. namely Bank of Chicago.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. ft. rather than “Bank of Chicago” as it usually does.0 18 The Ceiling Component As you have probably noticed.

Again. then click on the Duct button. However. let’s sit the unit on the ground at the back and run the duct up the back wall and through the wall into the space above the T-bar ceiling. but this one does. It is 4 feet by 8 feet. Go ahead and select the Bank in the Tree. Both the supply and return ducts go up about 12 feet of back wall. click on the center of the compass. the Duct button is grayed out because currently Ceiling is selected in the Tree and in order to add a Duct Component. In that case you don’t even have to add a Duct Component because there is almost no heat loss or gain. and because this is a flat roof. since I am making up this Bank of Chicago in order to demonstrate how to use the program.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. Well the bank is 60 feet long and we have about12 feet outside so lets say 20%.0 19 The Skylight Component I’m not sure if banks really have skylights. namely Bank of Chicago. Once again. Usually a strip mall is done with roof top units for each unit. Make your screen look like mine and click Add . you need to select its’ parent in the Tree. or no direction. We need to estimate what percentage of the total duct is exposed to the outside temperature. just make yours look like mine and click Add The Duct Component The next component in order is Duct. the skylight is horizontal. To indicate horizontal. using a standard factory built curb and plenum.

I think we should change our door openings to the higher number to be safe. suppose each person took only 5 minutes to process. Hmm. That also makes 36 people in the bank at one time seem quite possible. On second thought. Enter actual number of people.0 20 The People/Vent Component Because the number of people in a building and the ventilation or fresh air intake are so closely related. That would make the suggestion of 36 people seem a bit high. Step 1. usually only the person in front of me in the line takes that long. times 4 tellers equals 48 people. . HVAC-Calc Commercial does them both as one component. Step 2. You must remember that this is just a dumb computer. In our case we can select Bank. the built-in smarts of HVAC-Calc have suggested 36 people. then you would enter that directly in step 2. even likely. so you must make your own judgements. If the owner has told you exactly how many people you should design for. not a smart HVAC contractor. Recall that when we were figuring the number of door openings we said 4 tellers processed 24 people in an hour. Based on the application and the square footage. 10 minutes a person does seem pretty slow.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. Re-thinking our door opening logic. Select application type. times 2 door openings equals 96 door openings. However if you would like to get a suggestion from HVAC-Calc. Then each teller would do 12 people in an hour. select an application that is close in the list of Step 1. Or perhaps we figured too few door openings.

so just leave it there. Select the activity level you want to use. Step 3. Enter actual fresh air intake For a bank. The more active a person is the more heat they produce. Step 4. So.0 21 We will change our door openings after finishing this component. light work” for the people in the bank and that sounds fine to me.m. . Before we do though. I guess this computer isn’t so dumb! One click on this screen and we have done the People/Vent Component. both latent and sensible. the recommended fresh air intake is 7 CFM per person. slow walk. 36 now seems like a good number of people for this peak time of 1:00 p. 7 times 36 is 252 so let’s leave 252 there. let’s see how big of a difference it is going to make in the load.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. HVAC-Calc has suggested we use “Standing. not bad! Here is my People/Vent input screen Making a change We need to fix our number of door openings.

The reason is that HVAC-Calc includes leakage for doors even with 0 openings. this is the one we expect to change. so some differences may occur. Look at the Door Leakage line. Go ahead and type in 96 in Step 5.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. Now make the change “Stick” by clicking the Change button. Don’t be alarmed if you see some differences between yours and mine. However with doors. Here is mine. we just changed how many times it opened. So now you know how to change things. You can see the item Door Leakage about half way down the screen. Now click back on the Door Tab so you can see the Door input screen. HVAC-Calc recalculates so fast that it is easy to try things out. Don’t forget to put it back to 96 and make it stick by clicking the Change button. You may wonder why the load from the leakage is not double what it was before. Then click on the Results tab. It is much larger now. Why don’t you put 0 openings and see the leakage that is included. The next button that does not have an underline indicating it is done is Infilt/Exhaust. Notice how the Change button turns red. it is very hard to make the screen shots in the manual exactly correct.0 22 Select the Door in the S Wall. Let’s change the door openings to 96. before changing the door openings. in the Tree. . there are two sources of load. Of course the top line didn’t change because we didn’t change the door. The top line of the results page always shows the component that is selected in the Tree. Click on the Results tab to see the new results. let’s continue building the load. the transmission load and the load due to air leakage.

as well as the design conditions and time of load. HVAC-Calc does its best to help you calculate the volume. It should be 1800 times 12. as below. HVAC-Calc will have suggestions for you. Step 1. but not with HVAC-Calc. Now click on the button again so that input screen is back to Floor Area times Height.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. . Infiltration is the leakage of air into a building through cracks. Then click on the “Suggest” button.0 23 The Infilt/Exhaust Component Usually infiltration is very difficult to calculate. just enter it in and click on the red Plus button. This changes the input screen to Length times Width times Height. The Air Changes per Hour may be a bit lower than you might expect but don’t forget that fresh air ventilation and door leakage are figured separately. Enter or calculate volume of building Click on the little yellow button “to LxWxH”. If yours is not. It is measured in Air Changes per Hour and so the load from infiltration depends on the volume of the space and the number of ACH.

A count of the fixtures finds that there are 56 of them. . Enter the Air Changes per Hour you would like to use Because we are bringing in 252 CFM of fresh air in the People/Vent component and we have no exhaust. Step 4. so select Average. If you select different values for tightness. Each fixture has 4. Enter the forced exhaust CFM We do not count intermittent use fans such as bathroom fans and this bank has no other exhaust fans so leave it at 0.3 ACH in the winter. Our bank has a drop ceiling with standard fluorescent fixtures. He may be tight but his buildings are not. We know the general contractor we are bidding to. 0 ACH in the summer and . Step 3. This means a fairly low infiltration rate.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. The Lights Component Lighting can often be a significant cooling load. HVAC-Calc makes it easy to calculate. then the building is pressurized. Select tightness This refers to the general tightness of the building as it would affect air leakage.0 24 Step 2. I feel our Average tightness is a good estimate so click the Add button. 40 watt bulbs. you can see HVACCalc has different suggestions.

if it can not have children. then it is a grayer yellow. If a component can have children. if a triangle can look pregnant. like a floor or a door. 25 Click the Add button.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. Double clicking on it again causes the children to come out! The Misc Component Select “Bank of Chicago” in the Tree and click on the Misc button. This is entered as in the following screen shot. then it is a bright yellow. 7 Computers 7 Printers . like a wall or a ceiling.0 Also there is a wall of advertising with 4. One more component to go. What’s with those triangles in the Tree? You may have noticed that the little triangles in the Tree are different shades of yellow. Double click on the little down-pointing triangle to the left of S Wall in the Tree. This collapses the children inside S Wall and it looks like a pregnant triangle. We do not really know what miscellaneous loads the bank will have but we can take some pretty good guesses. 150 watt spot lights.

so we will use another Misc Component. then click on Add .0 1 large photocopier Select these items as shown below and then click on Add. 26 There are still more miscellaneous items.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. Click on the Misc button again and add the following.

0 27 Well.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. . we are done! The Results Page Here is a look at my results page.

0 To Register the Program To register the program you are given a name and a number. you will not be able to print the report.0 28 The Printed Reports To print a report.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. we can give you a code number that will immediately unlock the trial version and you can print out the report. Other Features of HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. . That’s the easy part. click on “By Component”. HVAC-Calc puts a report on your screen. After clicking on Reports. On the menu. it is that horizontal list of the words “File Reports Settings About”. However. We have not used the “Menu” so far. click on the “Print Report” button in the upper left. If you are using the free trial of the program. select Reports on the menu. by calling 1-888-736-1101 and purchasing the program. To print the report on your printer. click on Settings and then click on Register Program.

Type in your registration name. If you remember. You can change the name or add a comment. we had selected “None” for step 5. but there is an easier way. go to the File menu selection and select “Make a Copy of This Job”. same same.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. If you change hard drives or computers. delete jobs or move them to “Cold Storage”. You will probably just need the top one. It will be clearly stated if you are to use two. you will see a “success” message. Important. We could go and change each one individually. then you should make the changes on a copy of the job. From there. your work is saved as you do it. From the menu select File  Make a Copy of This Job. After typing in your Registration Name move the cursor to the Registration Number box by hitting the tab key or with your mouse and type in your registration number. Suppose we would like to know the load if all the windows were using blinds. In Step 5. select blinds and click the red Change button. it is possible we gave you the wrong number but. you can load in a different job. Click on the Change All button. which is covered soon. As just mentioned. you must register it again. it is much more likely that you are missing a capital or a period or something.0 You will see there are two lines for your registration name. for instance “Redone with inside shading on all windows”. HVAC-Calc offers to make the change to all the other Window . That only changes this one window. Yes. 29 Now here is the hard part. Yes. you must register the program on each computer you want to run it on. With the Bank of Chicago job loaded. same periods. same lower case letters. If you get a “Not Successful” message. Saving your work I have lost my work too many times because I forgot to save it. Save is not necessary as it is saved automatically. Select type of inside shading. First. This selection takes you back to the opening screen the same as you see on start up. If you click on the menu item File. Also from the File Menu Also under File in the menu system is a select Open Existing Job. Now select one of the Windows in the S Wall. HVAC-Calc makes a whole new file and loads it in. Here is an example. With our programs. You are now working on the copy. you will see that there is no Save or Save As selection. just try again. and Save As is covered by “Make a Copy of This Job” Making a Copy of a Job If you want to try different selections for some of the components but you don’t want to affect the original calculation. delete the words “Unregistered Trial Version”. It has to be exactly the same as it is in your registration e-mail or invoice. same commas. if you didn’t make any mistakes. Same capital letters.. Then click on OK and. that’s the part that will trip you up. The Change All Button The Change All button helps you quickly make changes to your selections and see the effect on the load.

All future jobs will be stored there until you change it. 30 Cold Storage Go to the menu selection File  Open Existing Job.HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. I hope you like the program and I wish you the best of luck with your business. better and more cost effective ways of doing the same things you have done before. I hadn’t got to the hard part yet”. The Final Word One comment we have heard several times with our HVAC-Calc Commercial 4. The HVAC business is not an easy one.51 and newer) is run for the first time. Click on the “Move to Cold Storage” button. Cold Storage is a solution for that problem. I think this program is one of those “finds”. . If you would like to start another folder for job storage. simply click on OK. click on Settings -> Set Job Folder and save a job in a new folder. How Do I Change Where My Jobs Are Stored When the program (version 4. The job disappears from the list. it copies any old jobs you had if you used an earlier version into a folder such as C:\HVAC-Calc Jobs and stores any new jobs there as well. Don Sleeth President HVAC Computer Systems Ltd.hvaccomputer. you just hate to press that delete button. This takes you to the opening screen. near the top of the window. it says “Active Jobs”. If you select any window in the building now. click on “Move to Active List”. Every year you need to find faster.0. K1S 1N5 1-888-736-1101 www.com don@hvaccomputer. Canada. you will see that they all have Blinds for Step 5. Ont. Many of those jobs will be close to being garbage. 403-B Echo Dr Ottawa.0 Components in the building! If you want to proceed with the change. For your window to go back to the Active List. There is the job! Notice how the title is now in cold blue “Jobs in Cold Storage”. I know.0 program is “I couldn’t believe I was finished. Select the job Bank of Chicago (Copy 1) or any other job. click on “View Active List”. but if you are like me. Now click on the “View Cold Storage” button. After you have used the program for a while. To move a job from cold storage.com . I have been there. Notice that in hot red. you will have a long list of jobs.