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The BS* + Beer Show: Making the Most of Minisplits

These heat pumps are an excellent option for heating and cooling some high-performance homes. Our expert panelists share the pros and pitfalls, and how to use minisplits well.

Minisplits are a popular subject on GBA, and for good reasons. Ducted or ductless, these heat pumps are an excellent option for many low-load homes. But they are no silver bullet.

This episode of The BS* + Beer Show begins with presentations from Jordan Goldman, engineering principal at Zero Energy Design, Krisof Irwin, principal at Positive Energy, and Jacob Staub, cofounder and chief innovation officer at Ripcord Engineering. These three experts cover the pros, cons, and pitfalls of minisplit heat pumps, the reasons why we should be focusing on indoor air quality and human comfort as much as we are efficiency, and more. After the presentations, participants asked the panelists a number of common questions.

This was certainly one of the best episodes of The BS* + Beer Show yet. Enjoy!

The next show is Thursday, May, 7 from 6 to 7:30 pm: Unvented roofs and fibrous insulation. Our panelists are Kohta Ueno of Building Science Corporation and Bill Hulstrunk of Yestermorrow Design/Build School and NatureTech. Use this link to register


-You can reach Brian Pontolilo at [email protected] 

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