23 September 2011

HEAT PUMPS IN NORTH AMERICA 2011


This report provides a snapshot of the North American heat pump and air conditioning market in the context of a severely depressed U.S. housing and economic period, following a period of robust growth during the last decade. Nevertheless heat pumps show continuing growth as an efficient electric heating alternative to fossil fuel heating systems. Instabilities and higher prices for fossil fuels add impetus to this interest in heat pump systems. Statistical data are presented to illustrate the growing number of heat pump systems in the U.S. and Canada, A positive prognosis is offered for further penetration of heat pump systems for both residential and commercial building heating and cooling in North America, providing motivation for continued efforts to improve products and applications