Heat pumps have improved and evolved considerably since gaining acceptance as home heating systems in the 1970's. These air source heat pumps provided single zone heating in climates with mild winter temperatures. Today there are water source heat pumps, variable refrigerant flow heat pumps, and multi-zone heat pumps. Today's heat pump has improved efficiency and operates at lower outside air temperatures. This interactive online course will examine the latest heat pump technologies and the multitude of applications for this flexible and efficient technology.
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At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- List at least four improvements heat pumps have over the 1970's air source heat pump technology.
- Discuss the differences between air source and water source heat pump technology and which is a proven, reliable, cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly alternative.
- Explain how a multi-zone heat pump system works, is controlled, and how it can provide a small environmental footprint.
- Discuss the operational and control systems of a variable refrigerant flow heat pump system and its use in energy efficient building design.