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Performance Tested Comfort Systems
About the Program

  • Admin/Sales and heat pump sizing videos for duct sealing (PTCS and prescriptive) and heat pumps are now available.
  • English and Spanish installation forms and specifications are now available for Air Source Heat Pumps, PTCS duct sealing and Prescriptive duct sealing.
  • Check out these newsletters for updates to the PTCS and Residential HVAC programs, and tips for using the registry:
    • October 2019: Balance Point and Prescriptive Duct Sealing update reminders. Updated thermostat support sheets. Useful cold weather tips for heat pump and duct sealing testing and installs.
    • July 2019: Balance Point updates, registry tips and updates, new contractor marketing materials. Useful heat pump and duct sealing tips, including how to identify Variable Speed Heat Pumps.
    • April 2019: Balance Point updates, heat pump and duct sealing tips, and updated marketing and training materials translated into Spanish.
  • Explore free and customizable marketing materials for utilities and contractors. All materials are translated into English and Spanish, and are located on the: 
  • Visit the Implementation Manual for requirements and change notices.
  • Review current BPA research collaboration on emerging technologies in our Current Research Portfolio.

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Program Description
 
Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS) and Prescriptive Duct Sealing are northwest regional programs with a focus on improving HVAC system comfort and increasing savings. They promote contractor training for properly sealing ducts and installing high-efficiency heat pumps, with a focus on sizing, commissioning, and setting controls. Technicians must complete a BPA-approved training to be certified to perform work in this program. These programs are supported by BPA and Northwest Public Utilities. More than 100,000 jobs have been accepted, and more than 1,400 technicians have been certified since 2006.
 
BPA does not provide incentives directly to homeowners. For incentives, please contact your local utility for more information. Oregon customers of Portland General Electric (PGE) or Pacific Power should contact Energy Trust of Oregon at 1-866-365-3526, or email at Residentialforms@energytrust.org.
 
Program Documents and Resources  
 
  • How to Participate: Participation requirements, steps to technician certification, resources, applications, and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • PTCS and Prescriptive Resources: Online registry description, status definitions, and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Duct Sealing (PTCS and Prescriptive): Measure specifications and requirements, forms, and resources. Installation forms and specifications are now available in Spanish.
  • Heat Pumps: Measure specifications and requirements, forms, thermostat support sheets, and other resources. Installation forms and specifications are now available in Spanish.

 

Online Site Registry
Certified Technicians 
PTCS Trainers
BPA Implementation Manual
Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Contact Us!
For more information, please contact the program team by email at ResHVAC@bpa.gov or call the program hotline toll free at 1-800-941-3867. Energy Trust customers are not served by BPA. Please call 1-866-365-3526 or email Residentialforms@energytrust.org.