Air Source Heat Pumps: Cost-Effective & Cold-Climate Ready

Event Date

10/5/2017 11:00:00 AM

Event Location

Live Webinar — Register Here

Event Details

Join us to learn how new generation air source heat pumps perform in Minnesota’s colder climate, how to best integrate air source heat pumps into utility efficiency programs, and how this new technology has the potential to create new business opportunities in the building and design world.
About the Webinar

Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) have the potential to improve space heating efficiency and reduce energy costs for houses in cold climates where natural gas is unavailable. While ASHP technology has been available for many years, until recently there was concern about their efficiency and reliability during the colder portion of Minnesota winters.

In moderate climates the efficiency of ASHPs is two to three times more than standard electric heating systems. And thanks to technological improvements, the newest generation of ASHPs can operate down to temperatures between 0°F and -13°F. However, a lack of experience with these systems in Minnesota’s colder climate is currently a barrier to increasing adoption. This project assessed the new generation of ASHPs for use in Minnesota. 

Findings show the potential for ASHPs to reduce total site energy by 20% to 30%, potentially eliminating the need to refill propane tanks during the heating season when prices can be especially high. This webinar will include field data and analysis of how ASHPs performed at six different sites, as well as information on occupant comfort, cost effectiveness, and how ASHPs interact with secondary heating systems.

Learn more about this research on the project page.
Who is this Webinar for?

  • Utility commercial conservation program managers
  • Utility program providers
  • Residential builders: project managers & estimators
  • Residential HVAC contractors
  • Residential insulation contractors
  • Residential & small commercial architects
  • Building scientists & researchers


Ben_S_220.jpgBen Schoenbauer
Senior Research Engineer | Center for Energy and Environment
Ben Schoenbauer is a senior research engineer who has been with CEE since 2008. Ben conducts research on new and innovative technologies and ideas dealing with residential and commercial energy efficiency. Ben’s areas of focus include water heater performance, service water heating, and residential HVAC systems.

Ben has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering for the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in physics from St. John’s University.