Heat Pumps: Then and Now
Heat pumps can't really be called a "new" technology. First developed and built by Peter von Rittinger in 1856, the first commercial use of the heat pump was to dry salt in salt marshes. Not until the 1970's did the technology become widely used in American homes. This uptick in adoption was largely driven by high oil prices, and for the last 50 years the popularity of heat pumps has mostly been determined by the price of electricity relative to the price of fossil fuels. As the 21st century carries on, the economics and the environmental incentives of electrifying household HVAC are rapidly changing in favor of heat pumps. Recent innovations have allowed some heat pumps to achieve extremely high efficiencies that make them competitive on operating costs with natural gas appliances. Some state-of-the-art heat pumps we offer are capable of efficiently heating homes year-round, even during the coldest winter months with no need for a backup. The Radiant Store is proud to be at the forefront of the electrification of HVAC. We hope that you may find an option among our suite of cutting-edge heat pumps and heat pump water heaters that is right for you.