Air Condition 1

I.     Course Prefix/Number: AHR 102

       Course Name: Air Condition 1

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 3 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course covers basic principles of residential heating systems. Content includes proper installation, service and safety procedures. Focus is on combustion process and consumer safety.   Fee $40

IV.   Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course the student will:

1.    Have basic knowledge of residential warm-air heating systems.
2.    Understand the proper working of a natural gas conventional and high efficiency forced air heating systems.
3.    Know the safety codes for combustion flue venting installation etc. that apply to residential heating systems.
4.    Know basic troubleshooting techniques.
5.    Know how to perform combustion tests and evaluate the results of those tests.
6.    Evaluate System Performance and operating conditions.

Laboratory work will give the student time to apply the principles and procedures discussed in the test and during lectures.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

     Week    Reading Assignment and Lab

     1    Introduction and Orientation

     2    Chapter 1 - Gas Heat

     3    Chapter 2 - Sources of Heat
        Chapter 3 - Combustion

     4    Chapter 4 - Heating Mediums
           Chapter 5 - Warm Air Systems and Heating Equipment

     5    Chapter 6 - Warm Air Furnaces
           Chapter 7 - Gas-Fired Furnaces
     6    LAB   

     7    Chapter 8 - Conventional Warm Air Furnaces

     8    EXAM

     9    Chapter 10 - High Efficiency Warm Air Furnaces Equipment Lab

    10    Chapter 11 - Unit Controls

    11    Chapter 15 - Selection and Sizing of Heating Equip¬ment  LAB

    12    EXAM

    13    Chapter 19 - Trouble Shooting Heating Systems.

    14    LAB

    15    Chapter 21 - Troubleshooting a Warm Air Furnace

    16    LAB

    17    FINAL EXAM

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, films, and laboratory exercises
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbook: Heating Technology by S. Don Swenson
Lab equipment and mockup units
Various manufacturers service date for high efficiency furnaces. (Handouts)

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

There will be two exams during the course covering specific assignments.  There will also be a comprehensive final exam.  The final exam will make up 50% of the final course grade.  Lab assignments and the two previous exams will make up the other 50% of the final grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

The schedule of lecture and lab assignments is tentative.  It may change as conditions dictate.  Lecture attendance is mandatory.  Three absences lowers the final letter grade three letters.  Six absences will result in failure of the course.

All appropriate safety precautions must be observed during lab sessions.  Any accident must be reported immediately.  The lab must be cleaned and all equipment picked up before leaving.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at