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An Open Electric May Not Be The Best Way To Heat Your Home But It Can Serve As An Emergency Heat Source If A Heat Pump Stops Working

Heat Pumps, Auxiliary Heat, and Resilience

Posted by on April 8, 2021

What happened in Texas this winter has a lot of people thinking about our dependence on electricity and what happens when the power goes out in extreme weather.  Recently I wrote about Gary Nelson's house in Minneapolis that's heated by…

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Can A Heat Pump Work In A Cold Climate?

Can a Heat Pump Work in Minnesota?

Posted by on March 26, 2021

In case you're dying to know the answer, I'll go ahead and blurt it out right here:  Yes, heat pumps work in Minnesota and in other really cold places, too.  Today I'll tell you about one particular house in Minneapolis,…

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How to Spot Deceptive Heating Efficiency Claims

Posted by on February 10, 2021

Sometimes companies that make products stretch the truth, embellish features, or rely on their potential customers' ignorance of how things work.  Shocking, I know.  The world of electric heating has such companies.  But if you're looking for a device that…

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You Need Cooling

Posted by on January 15, 2021

As a runner, I've had some direct experience with temperature regulation in the human body.  In winter (and we're having a real one this year in Atlanta), I'm always faced with the choice of how to dress for the conditions…

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A Bit of Confusing Heat Pump Terminology

Posted by on December 31, 2020

Oh, the wonderful world of heating and air conditioning and its confusing terminology.  I've been doing building science for nearly two decades now, and I still have to ask around sometimes to find out what what a particular term means.  Here's…

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