Webinar Fri Feb 19: Heat Pump vs Furnace Calculator

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02/19/2021 12:00 PM - 02/19/2021 1:00 PM

This webinar will present an overview of the MassLandlords "heat pumps vs furnace" calculator, available to members online. Attendees will leave with the ability to select the best heating system for retrofits and new construction. We will focus on operating costs only. This presentation will be heavy on Excel and the basic math about whether heat pumps can be cheaper than natural gas to operate. The answer is yes, heat pumps can be cheaper than natural gas! But poorly chosen heat pumps can be more expensive and far less effective. This presentation will focus on heat pump selection and understanding the tradeoffs involved in this new technology. The basic math will apply to air source heat pumps. The spreadsheet can be modified to model a ground source heat pump.

This will not be a detailed discussion about heat pump installation and maintenance. The presenter is not a licensed installer. A future meeting will discuss installation, which can be much more expensive than natural gas especially in retrofits.

We will review recommended rental property monetizations for carbon-neutral technology.

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Screenshot of the Heat Pumps vs Furnace Calculator Spreadsheet

This presentation will be given by Doug Quattrochi, Executive Director, MassLandlords, Inc. Doug was a founding member of MassLandlords in 2013. He became the association's first Executive Director under new bylaws in 2014. Since then, he has scaled the organization from a core of 160 members in Worcester to over 2,000 dues paying businesses from Pittsfield to the Cape, and from an all-volunteer team to approximately 20 full and part-time staff plus 50 volunteers. Doug has been instrumental in advancing democratic governance mechanisms, including score voting for policy priorities and a term-limited and democratically elected Board of Directors. Doug also oversees the RentHelper spin-off, which is expanding access to electronic banking for those of us who are unbanked or underbanked. Prior to MassLandlords, Doug held leadership roles in various Massachusetts startups, two of which are still operating. Doug holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Friday, February 19th

  • 12:00pm Webinar Begins
  • 1:00pm Webinar Ends


This webinar is Open to the public. Membership is not required!

Webinar Details (hosted by Zoom)

We will share our video, audio, and computer screen and slides.

  • You can chat questions. You will not be on video or audio.

Registrants will have full access to the webinar, including watching live or watching the recording any time after the webinar is posted.

Watch Live (on February 19, 2021 12:00 PM):

Password will be emailed and viewable online.

Topic: Heat Pumps vs Furnace Webinar February 19, 2021 Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89674317341 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online. Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 408 638 0968 Webinar ID: 896 7431 7341 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdUNVqlkBi

Watch Recording (after February 22, 2021):

Recording Link:

This event will be recorded and uploaded to our page Heat Pumps vs Furnace. The spreadsheet tool is available for download there.

Click here to register for this webinar

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2 Responses to Webinar Fri Feb 19: Heat Pump vs Furnace Calculator

  1. Alex Elvin says:

    Hi. I’m trying to register as a member of the public for the Heat Pumps vs Furnace Webinar on February 19, but the website keeps sending back to a previous page. Is there another way to register?


    Alex Elvin
    Martha’s Vineyard Commission

    • Jillian Campayno says:

      Hi Alex, this is a free webinar so you do not need to register. Info will be emailed the day of and also is found at masslandlords.net/events/password.

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