A Comparative Analysis of Residential Heating Systems

Builders, contractors, and homeowners today face a myriad of options for home heating systems. Furnaces, heat pumps - both air-source and ground-source, and even hybrid furnace-heat pump combination systems are all options. Sorting out the best choices requires taking a close look at system costs, efficiency levels, energy prices, comfort impacts, the severity of the climate, and any applicable incentives. This course summarizes the key findings from an extensive technical analysis of the energy, economic, and environmental results of using various heating systems in different locations throughout the U.S., and updates the prior study from 2013 with more current energy pricing, system specs, and modeling data.

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Understanding the Value of Proper HVLS Fan Specifications to a Project (Print Course)

Learn how to specify and install HVLS fans for specific industrial and commercial applications to reduce maintenance costs while maximizing building performance and supporting occupant comfort and well-being. This course will guide you in selecting, customizing, and placing HVLS fan systems and will also address controls, settings, and meeting user needs.

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Specifying the Right PTAC/PTHP System May Lead to Higher Guest Satisfaction Scores (Print Course)

As the hospitality industry continues to evolve, there is a greater focus on the guest experience. With increasing customer expectations for comfortable, quiet rooms, the Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner (PTAC) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pump (PTHP) play a vital role in overall guest satisfaction. This CEU demonstrates the level of quality that PTAC/PTHP systems offer the hospitality environment. You will also learn the benefits of the product, why it offers maximum efficiency, what factors and accessories help the system operate more effectively, and what makes PTAC/PTHP systems so reliable.

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Advanced Heating Technology: Applying VRF in Cold Climates (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of advanced heating technology used in Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems and their application and use in cold climates for commercial and residential buildings. The course will cover the performance capabilities, functions, benefits, and energy efficiencies of VRF heat pumps with advanced heating technology.

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Propane as a Solution to Meeting Code and Above-Code Programs – Using High Efficiency Propane Systems as a Compliance Strategy

Nothing is driving greater change in the home building industry than energy efficiency, but prior to 2015 the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) didn’t address mechanical equipment such as furnaces and water heaters. The 2015 IECC now includes a new compliance path called the Energy Rating Index allowing builders more choices in how to meet the energy code. This course will take a closer look at how high efficiency propane equipment such as furnaces and water heaters provide flexibility in meeting 2015 IECC standards and help reduce a home’s HERS Index, in addition to helping projects gain points in above-code programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard.

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Residential Water Heaters under the New 2015 Federal Standards

Water heaters are often the second largest energy user in the home, costing residents hundreds of dollars each year. Beginning in April 2015, the updated “NAECA” standards from the U.S. Department of Energy increased water heater efficiency requirements, driving major product changes in the U.S. market. “NAECA” stands for the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act and includes the federal regulations for water heater minimum efficiency levels. The course reviews the new federal standards for water heaters, and describes the market implications for both new construction and replacements.

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Adding Value and Innovation to Remodeling Projects With Propane

This course provides an overview of the home remodeling industry, including industry growth trends, demographic insights, and typical project types. The course also explores the potential role of propane technologies in different remodeling applications, illustrating key performance characteristics and how they can add value to remodeling projects. The course concludes by describing the options for propane storage in residential applications.

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Thermostat Choices: How Technology Is Driving Demand

In a world where convenience and concerns are so vastly different, understanding a home owners needs and consulting to make every piece of their home fit those needs is essential.

Sharon O’Malley shares her expertise and thoughts on the 3 basic thermostat choices. She’ll dive into:

  • The benefits of saving energy on heating and cooling.
  • Saving money with programmable thermostats.
  • Programmable vs. “smart” thermostats.
  • How builders can benefit.
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