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Heat Pumps

Fundamentals: Geothermal

Michael Simons • Last updated 02/2021

4.6/5 (view ratings)
394 students
1 module
1:07 hours
3 assignments

Course description

Fundamentals: Geothermal

Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs), or geothermal, take advantage of the constant temperature of the ground to keep buildings comfortable. An alternative to gas or electric heating, GSHPs can help eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the home. Like ASHPs, they can heat, cool, and supply domestic hot water.

This course will provide an overview of GSHP mechanics and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of their installation in new construction projects.


Participants will:
- Learn more about how clean energy solutions improve home performance and customer satisfaction
- Understand how a GSHP works
- Understand the advantages and disadvantages of installation and control
- Understand the economic risks and benefits of GSHPs

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Fundamentals: Geothermal

  • Geothermal 101 (1:07 hours) (01:07:54 hours)


Michael Simons

Training & Development Manager, Abode Energy Management

In leading Abode’s training and development programs, Mike seeks to help people find joy in their work as they employ sound building science concepts that enhance customer experience. Having helped multiple home performance contractors grow strong through training thoughtful building analysts. Mike is focused on getting people to think the right way away about the... Learn more


93 reviews

394 students have taken this course

by Yash Sen 07/13/2023

One must watch for basic understanding of geothermal.

by David McClish 11/30/2022

I took this to see if it would be worth our techs taking some of these courses. I really liked the free course and I will most likely be taking one of the paid courses. I am going to have a few of our technicians take this same one for some feed back but believe they will find it as informative as I did. Thank very much.

by eric mallinson 06/21/2021


by Nicole S 06/18/2021

by Senyo Ador, Sesenergi Eco Solutions Enterprise 05/29/2021

Awesome course. Looking forward to continuing my education in GSHP technology.

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