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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 2021-04-08

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 2021-03-26

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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You Need Cooling

Posted by on 2021-01-15

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 2020-12-31

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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