heat pump


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 For example, as renewable penetration increases, the next dollar invested in fighting climate change may have a bigger impact if spent on an electric vehicle or a heat pump instead of eliminating the last CO2 molecule from power generation. WSJ, "We Need a Better Grid and Better Policies," 4 Mar. 2021 Elsewhere, switching to a heat pump is a tougher sell. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Get a Heat Pump," 26 Feb. 2021 Energy Trust of Oregon has incentives to buy heat pump water heaters, which also save hundreds of dollars in energy savings each year. oregonlive, "Efficient appliances with cash rebates are on sale for Presidents Day: Save now and forever, says Energy Trust of Oregon," 15 Feb. 2021 Again, this is only applicable in heat pump systems. Dallas News, "6 reasons why cold air is coming from your vents when your heater is on," 26 Jan. 2021 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

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First Known Use of heat pump

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heat pump was in 1894

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11 Mar 2021

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“Heat pump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heat%20pump. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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