Ground Source Heat Pumps
Why install a Ground Source Heat Pump?
There are two main reasons & benefits ... reduce the carbon emissions generated to heat your home (your carbon footprint) and reduce your heating fuel bills.
What is a Ground Source Heat Pump?
The ground beneath our feet contains heat, at a fairly constant temperature, thereby providing a consistent & regular source of free heat. GSHPs extract this heat and transfer it to your radiators (or under floor heating).
How does a Ground Source Heat Pump Work?
GSHPs work by pumping a fluid (similar to anti-freeze) around a loop of pipes that have been installed underground.
These pipes are typically laid horizontally within your property in a loop, but can also be installed vertically up to a depth of 100m, if there is limited space available.
The heat in the ground is transferred to the fluid, which then passes through a Heat Exchanger, where it is extracted and transferred by the Heat Pump to your radiators (or under floor heating).
What are the potential savings of installing a Ground Source Heat Pump?
There are two distinct areas you will save by installing a Ground Source Heat Pump.
Firstly, the cost to heat your home (or office) will reduce as the fuel (heat underground) you are using is free. You will no longer be paying for Gas or Oil.
Secondly, the amount of carbon emissions you create over a traditional heating system will reduce significantly. Ground Source Heat Pumps are part of the Government’s strategy (for residential & commercial heating) to reduce the CO2 emissions of the country.
Can I heat my home as well as provide hot water?
Yes you can.
A Ground Source Heat Pump can be installed in order to provide both the heat in your radiators to heat your home, as well as heating the hot water in your immersion tank.
However, your Ground Source Heat Pump will not run as efficiently as it can if it is heating your hot water, so an alternative solution could be to use Solar PV panels to heat the hot water. Green Energy Systems can install both technologies to work together, please Contact Us about your bespoke Energy Efficient System.
What is involved with installing a Ground Source Heat Pump?
There are a number of factors involved in the installation of a Ground Source Heat Pump.
Understanding the building, existing insulation & how you use heat in your home will enable us to correctly specify the right Heat Pump for your needs.
Ensuring the Ground Loop of pipes is located correctly will enable it to perform as efficiently as possible.
Plant Room Installation?
A Ground Source Heat Pump needs to be located indoors, unlike an Air Source Heat Pump that resides outdoors.
However, it is possible to install the Ground Source Heat Pump in one of our bespoke Plant Rooms outside. This will also enable you to move your Hot Water Tank etc to the bespoke Plant Room, thereby releasing the space within your home. We can provide a bespoke Plant Room to contain everything needed for your heating system.
As well as tailoring the Plant Room to your needs, we can also Project Manage the whole job for you, including making good the areas within your house that the Gas Boiler & Hot Water Tank etc have been removed from.
Are there any financial incentives available?
Yes there are!
Currently there is a Government Green Homes Grant available to help towards the cost of Energy Efficient Improvements to your home.
There is also the Governments Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme once your that will provide you with payments once an Energy Efficient System has been installed.
Green Energy Systems are happy to talk to you about these Government financial incentives and how you can benefit from them to reduce the cost of installing Energy Efficient Improvements to your home.