heat pump

noun

Definition of heat pump

: an apparatus for heating or cooling (such as a building) by transferring heat by mechanical means from or to an external reservoir (such as the ground, water, or outside air)

Examples of heat pump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The compressor is inside your heat pump, located outside your home. Dallas News, "6 reasons why cold air is coming from your vents when your heater is on," 26 Jan. 2021 Raymer argues that state officials need to allot more time for developers and heat pump manufacturers and installers to shift toward electrification of buildings. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, "California Is Closing the Door to Gas in New Homes," 4 Jan. 2021 Instead of heating your home with natural gas or oil, consider an efficient electric heat pump. New York Times, "New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet," 29 Dec. 2020 Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids made up 7.6% of new car registrations in the state last year, whereas electric heat pump water heaters had a market share of less than 2%. Los Angeles Times, "Should California ban gas in new homes? A climate battle heats up," 7 Dec. 2020 There are other reasons people might choose an electric heat pump or an induction stove, or a propane barbecue, or a coal grill. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: It’s been a wild ride for the natural gas industry. What comes next?," 3 Dec. 2020 If money is not an issue, get a ground source heat pump, put some solar panels on your roof and have better insulation. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "MicroClimates: An S.F. neighborhood has one of the nation’s lowest carbon footprints. It has almost nothing to do with residents’ choices," 17 Nov. 2020 Shaken by his father’s death, Wilkinson has been retrofitting his house in Newton, Massachusetts, replacing his water heater and furnace with an electric heat pump powered by rooftop solar panels. Popular Science, "Gas explosions keep killing people, and the US government won’t step in," 29 Sep. 2020 Energy Trust of Oregon has a $500 incentive to buy heat pump water heaters, which also save hundreds of dollars in energy savings each year. oregonlive, "Electric bill spiking? Cost-cutting appliances with cash rebates are on sale," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of heat pump

1894, in the meaning defined above

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15 Feb 2021

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“Heat pump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heat%20pump. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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