PTCS Program Newsletter: July 2020ReturnToTop
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Program News
Limited Time Promotional HVACEEPrograms Incentives for Residential and Commercial Equipment  

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the region's economy and hampered many regional utilities' ability to implement its energy-efficiency programs successfully. In response, in partnership with its customer utilities, BPA is offering a 15-month promotion beginning July 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2021, that will allow increased HVAC incentives by participating utilities to help support their regional economies and area contractors. 

Please contact your local utility for additional details as utility participation is voluntary and may vary by region. Interested in becoming a PTCS contractor? Click here to learn more about becoming PTCS trained and certified. See below for summer training opportunities.
Training Updates
Summer Training Opportunities  SummerTrain
The PTCS program will deliver online certification  trainings this summer. If you or other HVAC professionals want to be certified to complete PTCS heat pump installations, contact us to register for one of the sessions below. 
  • August 3             7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pacific
  • August 31           7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pacific
  • September 14     7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pacific
  • September 28     7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pacific
To become certified and access PTCS utility incentives, technicians must attend a 5 1/2-hour online class, have access to a  TrueFlow metering system with a digital pressure gauge , and then schedule a time after the class for a 30-minute video call with our instructors to show proficiency with the air flow testing process.

New testing equipment from The Energy Conservatory can be purchased at a 12.5% discount through the PTCS program. Please contact us at 1.800.941.3867 or for more information.
Online Resources
New Heat Pump Sizing CalculatorsNewHPSizingCalc

BPA updated its heat pump sizing calculator to more accurately calculate balance points on variable speed inverter-driven air source heat pumps. The new calculator is now available at this link. It allows users to input specific manufacturer heat pump capacity information to generate a heat pump tonnage estimate from a graph of the balance point. Basic user inputs also estimate heat loss from the house and calculate if your selected heat pump meets the PTCS-required 30-degree balance point.

An alternative to the BPA calculator is the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (NEEA's) free HVAC online sizing calculator. The HVAC Sizing Tool uses the previous SpecPro platform with additional enhancements to determine heat loss and heat gain, and to calculate the appropriate system size.  You can go to to create an account and start using the tool. 
Sizing and Lockout Guides  
The PTCS team developed  two new brochures:  a Heat Pump Sizing Reference Guide and Lockouts and Balance Points Reference Guide available here These materials are great quick references to keep on hand any time you need a reminder of PTCS guidelines related to sizing and lockouts. 

The Heat Pump Sizing Reference Guide covers the importance of sizing, heat loss/heat gain analysis, heating/cooling load inputs, duct multipliers, balance point, maximizing savings and more!
In the Lockouts and Balance Points Reference Guide you will find information on the importance of auxiliary heat and compressor lockouts, balance point, and PTCS resources.

These will be distributed at PTCS trainings, can be accessed anytime for free on the PTCS Marketing Toolkit page, and are available upon request by contacting  1.800.941.3867 or .
New Thermostat Support Sheets NewTstatSupport
We have new support sheets for the Mitsubishi MHK1, MRCH1, MCCH1, and MOS1, Daikin One+, and Ecobee 3 Lite, Ecobee 4, and Ecobee 5. These and other support sheets can be found here .

Mitsubishi MRCH Series
Mitsubishi does not have any strip heat or compressor controls in this thermostat manufactured by Honeywell. To be compliant with the PTCS program when using their full static air handlers with auxiliary heat, they must be paired with a lockout control made by Ramco, the ETC-211000-MIT. This device is installed in or near the air handler and has a wired outdoor temperature sensor. Instructions for properly setting this lockout control are included in the support sheet for the MRCH1.

Daikin One+
Daikin's proprietary line of thermostats for their mini-splits lacked a lockout control but this was remedied by their new Daikin One+ thermostat. The Daikin One+ is a communicating thermostat compatible with their Fit lineup and has some unique air quality monitoring and built-in "smart" features.

Ecobee 3, 4, and 5
Ecobee 4 and 5 are "smart" thermostats with occupancy sensors, geofencing, optional room sensors, and Alexa voice control with an app for remote control. The Ecobee 3 Lite has all the same features except it does not have an integral occupancy sensor and Alexa.
HPProjectStickersNow Available! Informational Heat Pump Stickers

New informational stickers are now available to help educate homeowners about their new PTCS certified heat pump installation. These stickers explain what homeowners can expect from their heat pump and discuss how to conserve energy with their set-point temperatures. These will be distributed at PTCS trainings and can be provided upon request by contacting or 1.800.941.3867.

Customer Service
PTCS Mobile Registry BenefitsMobileRegistry
The PTCS registry website is optimized for and available on any device with an internet connection including a smartphone, tablet or laptop. There is no need to download a separate application, just use your device's internet browser to visit to get started. This allows technicians to enter PTCS testing data while on site and know the status of the entry before leaving the work site. This can translate to less paperwork back at the office.

Don't have all the data on site? You can enter as much as you can and save the entry progress to complete later on. 

While PTCS does not require a separate form to be filled out for air source heat pump and duct sealing measures, utility requirements might be different so check with your utility to stay up to date on all documentation requirements.
Don't have all the data on site? You can enter as much as you can and save the entry progress to complete later on.

Contact 1.800.941.3867 or  for more information.
Do you have questions about the Online Registry, testing, upcoming trainings or the program in general? We're here to help. Reach out to 1.800.941.3867 or . For more information, consult our Program Homepage .

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