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What is an Absorption Heat Pump?

Absorption Heat Pump

An absorption heat pump is similar to an air-source heat pump, but it is not powered by electricity. Instead, it is powered by one of the following sources:

1. Solar power

2. Geothermal energy

3. Natural gas

4. Propane

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How does it work?

Absorption heat pumps were not traditionally used to heat residential spaces, but they are now being installed in larger homes and other residential spaces. Rather than using a refrigerant, this type of heat pump uses an ammonia-water absorption cycle that can both heat and cool a house.

With an absorption pump, the ammonia is absorbed into the water. A low-power pump pressurizes the ammonia-water solution. The heat source, for example natural gas, can then heat the water. As a result, the ammonia is boiled out of the water and the cycle can begin again.

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