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Introduction to Heat Pumps

COURSE NO: M01-022
Introduction to Heat Pumps
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents the principles for selecting and installing heat pumps in residential and small commercial buildings.


During the cooling season, heat pumps operate like air conditioners, transferring heat from inside to outside the house. In the heating season, heat pumps transfer heat in the other direction—from outside to inside the house. Because significantly less energy is needed to transfer heat than to generate it, during the heating season heat pumps generally consume less energy than would be consumed by gas or electric furnaces. This course describes the different types of heat pumps: air-source, mini-split, geothermal, and absorption, and discusses which type is best for a given site and climate zone.


This 1 PDH online course is applicable to engineers and designers concerned about saving energy in cooling and heating residential and small commercial buildings.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with the function of heat pumps
  • Recognizing the three main types of heat pumps connected by ducts: air-to-air, water source, and geothermal
  • Learning about additional types of heat pumps: ductless air-source, geothermal, and absorption
  • Determining criteria for selecting the appropriate heat pump for a given application
  • Characterizing heat pumps as split vs. packaged or multi-zoned vs. single-zoned
  • Recognizing the need for careful selection of programmable thermostats in heat pump systems
  • Planning operation and maintenance procedures
  • Analyzing situations where absorption heat pumps would be appropriate
  • Understanding the different types of geothermal heat pump systems
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Introduction to Heat Pumps”, prepared by Mark Rossow, Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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