Air Source Heat Pump Research

CEE has been a preeminent voice in air source heat pump research, leading several projects since 2015. Below, we’ve collected our past and ongoing market research and field study projects on heat pump technology. 

ASHP-baby-and-dadcropped.jpgAir source heat pumps are a high-efficiency technology with the potential to improve space heating and lower energy costs. As the technology has been refined in recent years, heat pumps have emerged as a legitimate possibility for heating residences in cold climates — in fact, the 2018 Minnesota Energy Efficiency Potential Study identified cold climate air source heat pumps as the technology expected to provide 25 percent of total residential electrical savings in the state in the next decade.

Because heat pumps work by transferring heat from outside air to the inside conditioned space, applications in especially frigid climates introduce new installation and design complexities. There is a significant need for further research into the technology to adapt and refine it for high performance in cold climates.

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Research projects
Two new heat pump projects funded in 2021
Reports and materials
+ Blogs

 Research Project Contact

Ben Schoenbauer
Senior Research Engineer


If you are a contractor or homeowner interested in learning more, head over to the Minnesota Heat Pump Collaborative.

CEE developed this initiative along with utility partners to accelerate the market adoption of heat pumps across Minnesota.

Homeowner & Contractor Questions