Heating Degree Days (HDD)

What is Heating Degree Days (HDD)?

Heating Degree Days (HDD) meaning A measure of how cold a location is over a period of time relative to a base temperature, most commonly specified as 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The measure is computed for each day by subtracting the average of the day’s high and low temperatures from the base temperature (65 degrees), with negative values set equal to zero. Each day’s heating degree days are summed to create a heating degree day measure for a specified reference period. Heating degree days are used in energy analysis as an indicator of space heating energy requirements or use.


reference: Glossary – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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