Some utilities, such as Xcel Energy, have requirements to attend heat pump installation trainings in order to be able to offer their rebates. In addition to utility-required trainings, we recommend attending a manufacturer’s training in design, sizing, and installation.
In addition to utility or manufacturer-sponsored design/installation training, here are two additional resources that may be helpful:
“Guide to Sizing & Selecting Air-Source Heat Pumps in Cold Climates,” Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
“Guide to Installing Air-Source Heat Pumps in Cold Climates,” Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Upcoming Utility-Sponsored Heat Pump Installer Trainings
Xcel Energy will be offering several trainings related to heat pumps on the following dates:
Heat Pump Technical Training
- Part one: October 19, 9 – 11 am
- Part two: October 21, 9 – 11 am
Quality Install Intro Webinars
The following webinars are sponsored by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Attending one of the three-hour webinars would allow your company to be listed as a qualified installer by Tri-State.
These webinars cover how to fill out rebate forms, proper sizing of heat pump systems, equipment selection, other design considerations, and how to avoid common errors.
- October 7, 12-3 pm
- October 14, 2-5 pm
Lunch & Learn – Heat pumps for existing homes with propane
This is a one-hour webinar for companies who have already attended the three-hour intro webinar. The focus will be on ductwork, trouble-shooting common problems found with heat pump retrofits (i.e. air flow, static pressure).
Heat Pump Product Lists
To qualify for rebates, different utilities have varying requirements for minimum efficiencies of heat pumps. Here are three product lists which may be helpful in determining whether heat pumps meet the minimum efficiency or other requirements.
For non-cold climate applications, you can refer to the EPA Energy Star heat pump product list (but note utility requirements for minimum HSPF or SEER may be slightly higher than Energy Star’s required minimum levels):
To access a list of Energy Star ducted heat pumps, CLICK HERE »
- For ducted heat pumps, under “Product configuration,” select “single package.”
To access a list of Energy Star ductless heat pumps CLICK HERE »
- For ductless heat pumps, under “Product configuration” select, “split system.”
Then to download the product list, click on the link in upper right of page to “directory of Energy Star- certified heat pumps maintained by AHRI” can’t find this link ??
Cold-climate heat pumps are listed on the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership’s (NEEP) cold-climate heat pump product list; they must have a variable-speed compressor (or minimum of three-stage compressors) and achieve a coefficient of performance (COP) of 1.75 at an outdoor temperature of 5 degrees F. Cold-climate heat pumps achieve better heating performance at cold temperatures, and high efficiency throughout the entire range of heating season temperatures. (Note that utility requirements for minimum HSPF and SEER may be slightly higher than those of NEEP’s cold-climate heat pump specification):
NEEP cold-climate heat pump product list (including ducted and ductless heat pumps): CLICK HERE »