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Residential Heat Pumps

Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Heat pumps capture ambient heat from the air or the ground and transfer it inside a building. They provide an efficient alternative to conventional methods of heating, such as boilers. This POSTnote summarises the use of heat pump technology for residential buildings and the constraints to their uptake in the UK.

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Authors: Jonathan Wentworth; Stephen Allen

Topics: Climate change, Electricity, Energy

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