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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
9:00 am – 4:50 pm CST

Air-Source Heat Pump Science and Technology

  • Indoor thermal comfort
  • Principles of heat transfer
  • The refrigeration cycle
  • Components and operation of heat pumps: air-source, water-source and ground-source

Air-Source Heat Pump Efficiency, Economics and Operations

  • Efficiency and energy savings
  • Cooling, heating, and operation in subfreezing conditions
  • Treatment under building and mechanical codes
  • Integrating with other HVAC systems
  • Hybrid heat pumps

System Sizing and Components

  • Sizing and locating exterior units
  • Sizing and locating interior units
  • Duct systems
  • Refrigerant and refrigerant lines
  • Wiring and controls

Mini-Split Systems

  • Applications for mini-split systems
  • Sizing and locating exterior and interior units

Commissioning, Maintenance, and Balancing to Maximize Performance

  • System commissioning
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Duct balancing

Heat Pump Case Studies

  • Air-source heat pumps in cold climates
    • Air-source vs. other types of heat pumps in cold climates
    • Backup heat source and other cold climate considerations
    • Case studies and field performance in cold climates
    • Latest research in cold climate heat pumps
    • System approach (heat pump + efficient building envelope)

Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:
.7 CEUs (Energy)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Energy (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

7.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Tom Marsik

Professor of Sustainable Energy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus and Alaska Center for Energy and Power.

Professor Marsik has a joint position with the National Renewable Energy Lab and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is passionate about research and education in the areas of energy and sustainability and utilizes the synergies of his joint position to benefit people in Alaska and beyond. Professor Marsik’s passion is reflected in honors, including Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40 award and a recognition from the World Record Academy for designing and constructing the world’s most airtight residential building on record. He has an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Czech Technical University in Prague, and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Marsik has numerous publications and has served on high-profile committees, including Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s Transition Team and its Consumer Energy subcommittee. He has a very precious daughter whose face keeps reminding him to work hard on helping develop a sustainable future.

Jeffrey Smith

Founder and owner of J.A. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. of Warminster, Pennsylvania

J.A. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been in business over 39 years and specializes in the residential and light commercial HVAC market in southeastern Pennsylvania counties of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia and adjacent counties in New Jersey. The company employs 50 people and serves the new construction, retrofit, and service/maintenance markets. Mr. Smith’s experience in the renewable energy HVAC field dates from involvement in numerous air source heat pump installations starting in the early 1970’s to the company’s current focus on closed-loop geothermal installations. He holds an advanced CMS certification with the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) and holds a Master HVAC contractor’s license with the state of New Jersey. In addition to running J.A. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning Mr. Smith has also been active in teaching HVAC-related topics on a local and national level since 1981. The agencies that he has presented for include: Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), Home Builders Association (HBA), and Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL). He has also volunteered his time and served as president of the Electrical Association of Philadelphia (EAP), as the chairman of the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology’s (MBIT) local advisory committee, and as secretary of the Business Referral Network of Delaware Valley (BRN).

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Air-Source Heat Pumps for Residential and Small Commercial Buildings

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This comprehensive seven-hour course on air-source heat pumps will assist design professionals in incorporating the technology into residential and small commercial buildings and designs. The course provides information on the science, technology, efficiency, economics and operations of air-source heat pumps, discusses system sizing and components, mini-split systems, and performance maximization. The course concludes with various case studies focusing on cold climates, backup heat sources, and the latest research.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the science and technology behind air-source heat pumps, including indoor thermal comfort, the principles of heat transfer, the refrigeration cycle, and the various components of heat pumps.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to analyze the efficiency, economics and operations of air-source heat pumps, including energy savings, operation in subfreezing temperatures, hybrid pumps and more.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to appropriately size systems based on the needs of the building and occupants, as well as locate exterior and interior units and configure refrigerant lines and wiring.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss mini-split systems, their applications, sizing, and locating exterior and interior units.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to analyze numerous case studies concerning air-source heat pump operation and performance in cold climates, backup sources of heat, and the latest research into cold climate heat pumps.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with heating and cooling principles

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/01/2025

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $329.00

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