Air-source heat pumps are becoming a more common element of home performance retrofits, including those done in cold climate regions as system replacements or supplemental heating and cooling. To ensure we are maximizing the benefits of air source heat pumps, systems must be sized, selected, installed and operated correctly. This session will explore best practices for sizing, selection and installation of ASHPs in cold climates, including best practices for ASHP consumer operations and maintenance. NEEP will present new guides and training videos around these topics and provide an update on a demonstration project focused on integration of controls between ductless ASHPs and existing central heating systems and its latest work to revise its cold-climate ASHP specification.
To provide insight into how ASHP systems are performing in the field today, experts from the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment and CLEAResult will review in-field performance of ASHPs installed in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, including system design, installation and and operation considerations. The full panel will address remaining technical barriers to adoption of air source heat pumps in multiple cold climate zones and regions, and provide advice to programs and contractors interested in expanding use of ASHP systems in home performance projects or as HVAC system replacements.