A Comparative Analysis of Residential Heating Systems
|Offered by||Propane Education & Research Council|
|Category||Energy and atmosphere|
Architects, builders, contractors and homeowners today face a myriad of options for home heating systems. Traditional furnaces andb oilers, high efficiency models, heat pumps (both air-source andground-source), and even dual-fuel systems are all options. Sort ing o ut the best choice for a home, or location, requires taking a close look at system costs, efficiency levels, energy rates, c omfort l evels and the severity of the climate and any applicable incentives including tax credits. This learning unit is the resu lt of a research study performed to identify the best options for residential heating across all U.S. climate zones, based on the aforemen tioned variables. This on-demand, online course is self-paced and features a pre-recorded narrative that se rves as the instructor. This allows learners to read along with the narrator and listen to the information; similar to typical livei nstructio n. After completing the course a 10-question quiz must be completed. At least 8 of 10 questions must be answered correctly to earn credit for the learning unit. Start-to-finish this course should take between 75 and 85 minutes to complete. Learners may wi sh t o spend additional time to review concepts prior to completing the quiz. A certificate of completion can be printed for self-rep o rting and record-keeping needs.
- Describe general trends when comparing different residential heating systems and how they compare in terms of first costs, operating costs, carbon emissions, and paybacks.
- Describe how carbon emissions differ from various heating systems which are fueled by different sources of energy.
- Compare and contrast trade-offs involved in specifying high efficiency HVAC equipment for residential projects in terms of payback periods.
- Describe where certain types of HVAC systems may be most apprpriate to specify based on factors such as climate, energy costs, first costs, installation costs and emissions, among others.
Propane Education & Research Council
Member since 2009