Heat Pump vs. Furnace or Boiler Tutorial. Thu Jun 13th, 5 pm – 6:40 pm Zoom.

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This tutorial will show you how to use the MassLandlords heat pump vs. furnace or boiler calculator. Knowledge of Excel is recommended but not required. The heat pump vs. furnace or boiler calculator helps you find the best way to heat your buildings. We will cover:

  • How to model your apartment, including R factors for walls.
  • How to model a gas boiler or furnace in the calculator.
  • How to enter heating and cooling degree days to simulate weather at your property.
  • Bottom line, how much can we (or our renters) save?
  • And much more!

Attendees will leave knowing where to find and download our heat pump vs. furnace calculator and how to use it. Note: the heat pump vs. furnace calculator is a members-only benefit. Purchase of an event ticket does not grant access to the calculator, although you are welcome to purchase a ticket and learn even if you are not a member. Presenter is not a licensed plumber; this is a presentation about whether and which heat pump to install, not how to install.

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MassLandlords Executive Director Doug Quattrochi

An air source heat pump with a heating season performance factor (HSPF) of 10.3 might use 3.48 kW to move 22,100 BTUs. An 80% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) furnace or boiler migth use 80,000 BTU of natural gas to produce 64,000 BTU of hot water or air.

Key differences: You need 3 of these heat pumps to equal 1 of these boilers. The heat pump moves much more heat than you pay for, because the heat comes from air not fuel.
The Excel spreadsheet that comprises the calculator accepts apartment size and R factors for walls, doors and windows to help you see where your apartment loses heat.
The heat pump vs natural gas spreadsheet tool models an apartment as a simple rectangle with areas and R-values for the various surfaces include windows, doors, etc.

Part of 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 approximately 2,500 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 staggered 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.

"Doug's presentation was excellent. He was very clear and provided detailed explanations." -Larry

"Doug always holds very informative classes full of substance and Very organized!" -Thomas

"Your answers to member's questions were most helpful." -Liz

Erin Zamarro of A.A. Zamarro Realty will
moderate open Q&A time.
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Open Q&A time for this event will be moderated by Erin Zamarro. Erin Zamarro is a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker in Worcester, operating since 2008. She is a member of MassLandlords and the National Association of Realtors. Erin frequently works with buyers and sellers of multifamily or investment properties, as well as assisting property owners with rentals. She owns 8 units in Worcester.

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Heat Pump vs. Furnace or Boiler Tutorial
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Thursday, June 13th

Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 5:00 pm Open Q&A: ask any real estate related question of other attendees or our Q&A host.
  • 5:40 pm Presentation
  • 6:40 pm Virtual Meeting ends

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