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Here you can download free evaluation versions of all of Elite's HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection software. Full instructions are at the bottom of this list. 

Software Updates

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Functional Demos

Virtually every program offered by Elite can be obtained in a functional demo form. The functional demo of a program is hvac softwareactually the full program with all features and reports available, but there is a limit on the size of the project that can be calculated. For example, the RHVAC functional demo is limited to calculating for three rooms at a time with each room having wall lengths of 15 feet or less. As another example, the FIRE functional demo is limited to pipe networks of 10 pipe sections or less. To see the functional demo limits for any of the programs in the table below, click on the "Limits" item next to each program name. Complete instructions on how to obtain the demo software is shown below the software table. 

Demonstration Software
Program Limits OS Ver Description File
Report Viewer Free! Windows 1.01 Displays and prints saved Print Preview reports. repviewsetup.exe (2.0M) 
AUDIT demo limits Windows 7.01 Residential/Light Commercial Energy Analysis audsetup.exe (9.55MB) 
Chvac demo limits Windows 7.0 Commercial HVAC "ASHRAE" Loads ch7setup.exe (15.1MB) 
DUCTSIZE demo limits Windows 6.0 Duct Sizing (English and Metric) ducsetup.exe (9.2MB) 
DPIPE demo limits Windows 2.0 Waste Drainage Pipe Sizing dpsetup.exe (6.4MB) 
Drawing Board demo limits Windows 6.0 Draws floor plans and hvac duct work - Drawing Board works with DUCTSIZE, RHVAC and CHVAC. To try Drawing Board, Download the demo versions of either DUCTSIZE, RHVAC, CHVAC, or try them all. ducsetup.exe(9.2M)
ch7setup.exe (14.7M) 
ECA demo limits Windows 4.0 Earth Coupled Pipe Loop Sizing EcaSetup.exe (9.8MB)
ECOORD demo limits Windows 3.0 Fuse and Breaker Coordination ecdsetup.exe (6942K)
E-Tools demo limits Windows 1.0 Electrical Tools and Utilities etlsetup.exe (10.8 MB)
EZDOE demo limits DOS 2.1 Energy Analysis by Dept. of Energy ezdoe210.exe (3.4MB) 
FIRE demo limits Windows 6.0 Fire Sprinkler Hydraulic Calculations (English and Metric) firedemo.exe (8.4MB) 
GASVENT demo limits Windows 2.0 Gas Vent Sizing gasventw.exe (4.54 MB) 
HEAVENT demo limits Windows 7.75 Industrial Ventilation heavent.exe (6.9MB)
HSYM demo limits Windows 2.0 Chilled & Hot Water Pipe Analysis HsySetup.exe (6.8MB)
HTOOLS demo limits Windows 3.2 Collection of HVAC Utilities htsetup.exe (5.9MB) 
HVAC Solution demo limits Windows 2.0 HVAC Schematic System Design HVACSolutionDemo.exe (5.4MB) 
IAQTOOLS demo limits Windows 1.0 Indoor Air Quality Tools iaqtools.exe 
INDOOR HUMIDITY TOOLS demo limits Windows 1.0 Indoor Humidity Tools humidtls.exe 
INPOINT demo limits DOS 1.2 Indoor Point by Point Lighting inpnt120.exe (925K)
LIFE demo limits DOS 2.0 Multi-phased Life Cycle Cost Analysis life202.exe (131K)
LIGHT demo limits Windows 5.0 Zonal Cavity Lighting Calculations lgtsetup.exe (6441K)
OUTPOINT demo limits DOS 5.1 Outdoor Point by Point Lighting otpnt510.exe (722K)
PANEL demo limits DOS 1.1 Panel Design and Component Sizing panel115.exe (369K)
PSYCHART demo limits Windows 2.0 Psychrometric Analysis psysetup.exe (3.99 MB)
QUOTE demo limits Windows 2.0 HVAC Estimating and Sales quotew.exe (9,902K) 
REFRIG demo limits Windows 3.0 Refrigeration Box Loads refinst.exe (12.5MB) 
RHVAC demo limits Windows 8.0 Residential HVAC "Manual J" Loads rh8setup.exe (14.4M) 
SHADOW demo limits DOS 1.2 Glass Shading Analysis shad121.exe (240K) 
SHORT demo limits DOS 4.1 Short Circuit Analysis short418.exe (384K) 
SPIPE demo limits Windows 2.0 Plumbing Service Supply Pipe Sizing SPSetup.exe (6.7MB) 
VENTILATION TOOLS demo limits Windows 1.0 Ventilation Tools ventools.exe 
VDROP demo limits DOS 2.1 Voltage Drop Calculations vdrop218.exe (371K) 

Abbreviated Explanation on How to Obtain the Functional Demos

Since the visitors of Elite's web site have varying degrees of computer experience, Elite has attempted to explain the download process in such detail that even a novice user can successfully obtain the software. However, for experienced users, those instructions will seem overly detailed and tedious. Elite apologizes for that and encourages the experienced user to just quickly look over these instructions and then dive right in. Whether you are experienced or not, if you have any difficulties downloading software please contact Elite Software at (979) 690-9420 for help.

In a nutshell, here's how to obtain the demo software. Click on the program you want to download. Save it to your desktop (or some other location for downloads). When it is finished downloading go to where the file was saved, find the file and double click it. This should run the associated setup program automatically. For DOS programs: When you click to download a program from our site, save the file to a directory where you want the program installed. Then just unzip the program and you are ready to run it by just typing the name of the program. Please note that DOS programs can be safely downloaded into the same directory as other Elite DOS programs (since Elite has no duplicate filenames in DOS), but that Windows programs should be installed into their own unique directories, normally done automatically.

Complete Explanation on How to Obtain the Functional Demos

You will want to click on the program name you want ending with ".exe" in the right most column. After clicking on the name, a "Save As" dialog box will appear and the focus will be on the filename entry. If you were to just click on the save button at this point, the download file would be saved to whatever happened to be your default or current directory. If you are familiar with downloading files to a default Downloads directory or your Desktop, you can use that method. Otherwise, Elite recommends that you instead save the file to a specific new directory that you create yourself.

If you are using Windows 95, the "Save As" dialog box allows you to create a new directory while at this dialog box. To create a new directory in Windows 95, click on the down arrow button in the top, middle part of the "Save As" dialog box. This will display a pull down menu of the various drives you have on your computer. Locate your preferred drive, usually drive C. It will be shown as "HardDisk C (C:)". Click on that selection in the pull down menu.

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Next, move the mouse cursor over to the second button just slightly to the right. This button is still in the "Save As" dialog box. It looks like a little yellow file folder with a tiny star burst coming out of the upper right corner of the folder. Clicking once on that button will create a new directory, or folder as it is called in Windows 95. The cursor will move down a bit and you will be able to enter the name you want for the new directory. First, wipe out the name of the directory that is automatically suggested to you (usually the word New Folder is there) by pressing the backspace key. You can also use the cursor keys and delete keys. Just do whatever you like to blank out the suggested directory name and position the cursor to the left of the input space.

With the cursor positioned left most in the little name entry box, type in the new directory name. Elite suggests that you simply repeat the filename displayed below, but drop the".exe". So if you had selected to download RHVAC for Windows, the filename in the "File Name:" entry below would read rhvacw.exe. So for the new directory name you would just type "rhvacw" and press the enter key. The name will then appear highlighted in blue. Press the enter key again and the directory name should appear in the "Save In:" input box above. At this point, you are finally ready to click on the rectangular "Save" button that appears in the lower right corner of the "Save As" dialog box. Clicking on that button starts the download process, removes the "Save As" box, and pops up a new box that continually shows you the status of the download process. When the download is complete, the status box disappears and you are ready for the next step. Skip to the Download Time section if you are a Windows 95 user.

How do I find a file on my hard drive?

1. Click the Start button on the task bar below.
2. Point to Find, and then select Files or Folders.
3. In the "Named" box, type the name of the file you want to find. Example: type chvacpt.exe for the CHVAC Patch Program you downloaded.
4. In the "Look in" box, type or select C:\ (or another hard drive you want to search).
5. Check the "Include subfolders" box.
6. Click the Find Now button.
7. Double-click the file you were looking for - the name and location should be shown.

Most of Elite Software's programs require 32 bit versions of Windows, so they will not run on Windows 3.11 or older.

Download Time

The total time needed to download a file is mainly dependent on the baud hvac software rate of your connection. It is also dependent on the quality of your phone connection and whether the Elite Software web site is busy or not. The busiest time for our website is in the middle of the afternoon, Monday through Friday. In general, downloading with a 14.4k modem takes about 12-15 minutes per meg (1,000K) of file size. Therefore, downloading something like RHVAC for Windows which is nearly 4 meg (3,971K) should take a little less than an hour. Using a 28.8k modem connection would take roughly half that time. A 56K modem would be even faster. Be sensible about what you attempt to download in the time you have available and be aware of your local prevailing weather conditions. A glitch in the phone line during a thunderstorm would likely require the download process to be completely restarted.

After a Successful Download

After you downloaded an ".exe" type file then you must run that file to extract all the various individual files needed. You can run the file in many ways. If using Windows 95 or later, you can use Explorer to locate the file and then double click on it. Alternately, the fastest way to run it, would be to click on the "Start" button in the lower lefthand corner of the screen. This pops up a menu where the selection "Run" is shown second from the bottom. Clicking on "Run" opens a dialog box and puts the cursor in the "Open:" input box. There may be some program name already appearing there, if so, use the backspace key to blank it out. Next, type in the drive letter, directory name, and program name that you want to run. In the previously mentioned example with RHVAC for Windows, you would type the following:


Note that the directory name is the same as the program name. Be sure to include the "\" characters where indicated and make sure there are no blank spaces between any of the letters. Pressing the enter key starts the file extraction and decompression process. A status box appears displaying the progress. After the process is complete, the status box remains onscreen, but you can remove it by double clicking on the upper left hand corner of the box. 

Installing Windows Based Software

hvac softwareIf the program you had selected to download was a Windows based program (this is indicated in the second column ofthe Demonstration Software table. All Elite Programs are Windows9x, NT and 2000 compatible) then you must next perform the Windows setup operation. So continue here only if you are sure you that you have downloaded a Windows program, otherwise skip to the "Installing DOS Based Software" section below.

Continuing with the example of downloading and installing RHVAC for Windows, the next step after the extraction process is to run the RHVAC setup program. If using Windows 95, the easiest way to do this is to click on the "Start" button in the lower left hand corner of the screen. This pops up a menu where the selection "Run" is shown second from the bottom. Clicking on "Run" opens a dialog box and puts the cursor in the "Open:" input box. There may be some program name already appearing there; if so, use the backspace key to blank it out. Next, type in the drive letter, directory name, and the word "setup". In the example of RHVAC for Windows, you would type the command below and press the enter key. 


After the setup process begins, there will be a few questions to respond to. Just accept the default responses by clicking on "OK" and the process will soon be complete. Once setup ends, if using Windows 95, there will be a new Elite folder created in the programs section that is accessed under the "Start" button. Use the same procedure to obtain any of Elite's Windows programs. 

Installing DOS Based Software

If the program you had selected to download was a DOS program (this is indicated in the second column of the Demonstration Software table) then the completion of the extraction process is also the completion of the installation process. If for example, you had downloaded the RHVAC for DOS program, you could then start the "rhvac", or you could use the program manager "File" and "Run" selection. With program manager, you would type "C:\rhvac504\rhvac" and press the enter key to run the program. 

Functional Demos with User Manuals

Traditionally, Elite has sold functional demos of its software with complete user manuals for $35 per program (plus $7 shipping). And that option is still available to this day. With the advent of Internet, Elite now offers these functional demos at no cost for you to download. The only disadvantage to obtaining a functional demo from Elite Software's web site is that user manuals are not included.

The user manual of a typical Elite program has between 250-350 pages. These user manuals contain tutorials, detailed input explanations, master input data sheets, sample reports, complete methodology discussions, program verification procedures, and lots of sample screens and graphics. They are much too large and graphic to be made available for downloading. Most of Elite Software's programs can be easily used without a user manual just by relying on the built-in help of the program. However, there are some programs that deal with very complex applications, and a user manual is almost essential in those cases. Whether you need a user manual or not to run any of these demo programs, is also largely dependent on your technical background and computer experience. Even for an experienced user, the four programs that you are most likely to need the user manual with are EZDOE, HEAVENT, HSYM, and PSYCHART.

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