Mini-Split Heat Pumps Multifamily Retrofit Feasibility Study
Mini-split heat pumps can provide space heating and cooling in many climates and are relatively affordable. These and other features make them potentially suitable for retrofitting into multifamily buildings in cold climates to replace electric resistance heating or other outmoded heating systems. This report investigates the suitability of mini-split heat pumps for multifamily retrofits. Various technical and regulatory barriers are discussed and modeling was performed to compare long-term costs of substituting mini-splits for a variety of other heating and cooling options. A number of utility programs have retrofit mini-splits in both single family and multifamily residences. Two such multifamily programs are discussed in detail.
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- Resource Type:
- Technical Report
- Research Org:
- ARIES Collaborative, New York, NY (United States)
- Sponsoring Org:
- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
- Country of Publication:
- United States
- residential; Residential Buildings; ARIES; Building America; Mini-split heat pump; multifamily; retrofit; heating systems; air source heat pumpDOE/GO-102014-4402; NREL/SR-5500-61620; May 2014; air source heat pump
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