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 Electricity demand is likely to start growing at a pretty sustained rate due to the growth of electric vehicles, AI and data centers, heat pumps, electrification of industry, hydrogen production. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Nov. 2023 For example, the country could ramp up the share of renewables and expand the use of electric vehicles and heat pumps, said Steven Davis, an earth system scientist at the University of California, Irvine, and lead author of the report’s chapter on climate mitigation. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 To that end, last year’s Inflation Reduction Act allocated hundreds of billions of dollars to accelerate decarbonization; for instance, tax breaks for home improvements like better insulation and switching to electric appliances and heat pumps. WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023 Eco technologies include low-voltage lighting, Span electrical panels, battery storage, electric heat pumps, high-R-value windows, maximum-efficiency solar, and high-velocity HVAC. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 7 Nov. 2023 But the company puts as much emphasis on building green, with higher-quality insulation that reduces the need for air conditioning, heat pumps for more efficient heating and cooling, energy-efficient appliances, and of course solar. Isabella O'Malley, Fortune, 6 Nov. 2023 That landmark law provided tax breaks related to electric vehicles, heat pumps and energy efficiency upgrades, solar panel and wind turbine manufacturing and clean hydrogen production. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2023 Solar is set to become the cheapest form of energy in most places by 2030, and the remarkable efficiency of heat pumps is driving their own uptake now. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 10 Nov. 2023 The law also includes incentives for efficient appliances and items like heat pumps, which should help the drive toward electrification and help limit the additional demand placed on the electric grid. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heat pump was in 1894

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“Heat pump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heat%20pump. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

heat pump

: a device for heating or cooling a building by transferring heat contained in a fluid to or from the building

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