Discussion focused on electrification and transition to heat pump technologies in cold climate
Recently, over 40 local HVAC contractors, manufacturers, and distributors who participate in the Efficiency Works program attended a training session at the Platte River Power Authority headquarters to hear the latest updates from Efficiency Works on electrification topics, particularly on the transition to heat pump technology in cold climates.
Heat pumps are a type of heating and cooling system that operate by transferring heat from the outside air or ground into a building. Unlike traditional heating and cooling systems that burn fuel such as natural gas to generate heat, heat pumps are electric and use refrigerants to move heat around. They are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems, and are gaining popularity in cold climates like northern Colorado.
The training session focused on how heat pumps can function effectively in colder climates, particularly with advances in technology that have made them more efficient in lower temperatures. Attendees learned about the best practices for installing and maintaining heat pump systems, including proper sizing, ductwork, and commissioning.
One of the key takeaways from the session was that the transition to heat pump technology in cold climates requires collaboration among HVAC contractors, manufacturers, and distributors to ensure that the systems are installed and maintained properly for optimal performance. The supply chain concerns facing the HVAC industry were also discussed, including global supply chain disruptions and labor shortages.
As more buildings and homes transition to electric heating systems, the discussion provided an opportunity for HVAC contractors, manufacturers, and distributors to stay up to date on the latest trends and best practices to provide efficient and effective solutions for their customers, especially as Efficiency Works rebates transition to increasingly focus on electrification starting April 1, 2023. For more information on the new rebates, visit EfficiencyWorks.org/homes/rebates.