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heat pump

a device that uses a compressible refrigerant to transfer heat from one body, as the ground, air, or water, to another body, as a building, with the process being reversible.
Origin of heat pump
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Investigate the options for a solar boiler, heat pump, or solar panels.
  • The heat pump is air coupled, so it is not of much use in the winter.
  • In a home situation, it would then flow into a heat pump to transfer that heat.
  • Tracking where and how this heat pump operates should help meteorologists and climatologists improve their weather forecasts.
  • Visualize a solar energy receiver about the sized of a home heat pump.
  • For heating there efficiency is a little better but still not as good as a vapor compression heat pump.
  • And they've also shown that reversing the thermodynamic cycle turns the the engine into a heat pump or refrigerator.
  • They could be used to charge the battery, run a heat pump, and run any auxiliary components.
  • If you want an energy-efficient way to heat your swimming pool, consider using a heat pump pool heater.
  • It is important for an air conditioner or heat pump to have the correct amount of refrigerant, or correct refrigerant charge.
British Dictionary definitions for heat pump

heat pump

a device, as used in a refrigerator, for extracting heat from a source and delivering it elsewhere at a much higher temperature
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