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maritimer
heat pump
maritimer

Would it be possible to create a separate building/shed to house a heat pump with plenty of ventilation. My thought would be to have the heat pump heat the house and shed as well. Goal would be to have the temperature not go below 60 degrees in winter in the shed. Seems that it would make the unit more efficient but not sure of this. My main focus is heat in winter, not so much a/c.

ed21
Re: heat pump
ed21

The short answer is no. The outdoor unit of a heat pump does not give off heat in the heating mode,except when running a defrost cycle. Besides if the shed is ventilated how would it be kept warm. If the shed needs to be kept warm, it needs some kind of heating system, insulation and sealing.

maritimer
Re: heat pump
maritimer

Really just wonder why we place heat pumps out in the cold weather expecting them to heat our houses in freezing cold weather while we keep smelly old furnaces in our homes. Is it possible for heat pumps to function inside a heated home or basement. The heat for the basement would not come from the exhaust of the heat pump.The heat would come just as it would in the rest of the house from the heating system. Putting the heat pump out in the cold is comparable to placing our chest freezer inside a sauna and expect it to do it's job efficiently.

ed21
Re: heat pump
ed21

You need to google how heat pumps work. They are basically the same as air conditioner, but the flow of refrigerant is reversed.
Heat pumps extract heat from the exterior and release it to the interior. This is done by compressing and evaporating a refrigerant gas. The outdoor unit is colder than the outside air. The colder it is outside, the less efficient the heat pump is because their is less heat to extract from the cold air. That's why geothermal heat pumps that have loop in the ground or wells are more efficient because the ground stays a more stable temperature at around 50 degrees.
They do make water heaters that have heat pumps to heat the water. They are self contained in the house.
Heating the house requires too much air to work in the basement. Also would be noisy and I believe would cool the house as much as heat it.
Btw-I never smell my furnace unless I stand by the exhaust outside.

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