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How do heat pumps work?

Started by allegrif, November 26, 2015, 04:27:51 PM

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Sorry to be ignorant, but I'm a little confused on what exactly these pumps accomplish. Perhaps someone could give me a simplified explanation? That would be fantastic, I'm freshly interested in renewable energy, so I'm very much learning as I'm going.


I'm not exactly sure so take this with a pinch of salt. I believe heat pumps work in a similar way to refrigerators. I know they basically move heat rather than generate it, but by what process I'm not sure.


I'd also be interested to see an easy explanation of this. Perhaps the admin can come and help us out?


Compressed air. The compressed side heats up, the decompressed air cools. No heat is actually being gained, but you're essentially 'stealing' heat from one place, and putting it in another.


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