Is a Heat Pump Useful in a Cold Climate?


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The efficiency of a heat pump is decreased in colder climates. If it is more than moderately cold outside, supplemental and traditional heating systems may be needed to heat the structure in question efficiently.

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Heat pumps are least effective in extreme climates. In extreme cold, it is very difficult to efficiently operate a heat pump to heat the interior of a building since the heat pumps do not generate heat, rather they transfer it from the ground or the air. In moderate climates, a heat pump has an additional advantage, it can be used to cool as well as heat a building.

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