Heat pumps

Heat pumps are already ubiquitous in Asia. When will the US catch up?

A recent trip to East Asia prompted our correspondent to reframe his understanding of heat pumps, the crucial tool for cleaning up the heating and cooling of buildings.

Julian Spector  . 

Two large heat pumps enclosed behind a metal gate and surrounded by a row of small potted plants
Electric heat pumps appear all over Tokyo's built environment. On this quiet residential street in Asakusabashi, the appliances come festooned with a small jungle of potted plants. (Julian Spector/Canary Media)