Rather than burning fuel to generate heat, ground source heat pumps use heat from the ground producing a renewable, low carbon and environmentally friendly heat source.
Ground source heat pump systems extract natural sources from the ground using buried pipework and transfer this heat into homes which can then be used to heat radiators or underfloor heating systems and hot water in your home.
But how does a ground source heat pump work? The pipes for ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) are buried in the ground and these pipes extract heat from the ground. Typically, you can expect to find around 1000 linear meters of pipes – all of which is either buried in loops in trenches, or vertically in boreholes. An area of around 1 acre of free land is ideal for the average property. The length of the ground loops varies depending on the size of your home and the amount of heat needed for your home. Once the pipework has been laid, the surface of the ground can be restored and used for its original purpose so you or others would never even notice that the pipework had ever been installed.
The buried pipes will begin to extract heat from the ground, which is then absorbed into the fluid, passing through a heat exchanger into the heat pump and back into your home so you feel the benefit and helping you to cut your bills and lower carbon emissions.
Inside your home, you will need space to house the ground source heat pump unit, and this would contain the heat pump, pipework, and the controller. Most heat pumps are 600mm square and 1.5m tall.
What are the benefits of Ground Source Heat Pumps?
Inside your home, you will need space to house the ground source heat pump unit, and this would contain the heat pump, cylinder, pipework, and the controller. To run, heat pumps do require the need of electricity and do have a small impact on the environment, but this is outweighed by the heat the heat pump extracts from the ground, air or water that is being renewed naturally.
- Ground source heat pumps help lower your fuel bills, especially if you replace conventional electric heating
- Provide income through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) when fitted by MCS approved installers like ourselves
- Help lower home carbon emissions
- Minimal maintenance required
- Clean, sustainable heating
- Virtually noise free system
Regardless of the outside temperatures, the ground remains an average temperature of 10°C all year round at 1m below ground. This means that your ground source heat pump will provide you with efficient heating and hot water whatever the weather.
It’s essential that your home is well insulated and draught-proofed for heat pumps to be effective since ground source heat pumps work best when producing heat at a lower temperature than traditional boilers.
Interested in having a ground source heat pump installed in your home? At All Seasons Energy, we offer a reliable and professional service, with expert advice and assistance from the initial survey through to design and installation. If you would like to become more energy-efficient and save money, please contact us.
01909 771 838
All Seasons Energy have over 50 years of experience in the energy efficiency industry and are widely recognised as one of the UK’s most trusted installers of air source heat pumps for home and business owners. We are fully MCS accredited, TrustMark approved and a proud HIES member (HIES is a consumer protection organisation that regulates and guarantees that all of our work and customer service is carried out to the highest standard). This means that all projects are fully protected and completed by our accredited tradesmen.
If you would like to understand how our products could improve the energy efficiency in your home, please book an appointment to visit our showroom, alternatively video demonstrations and video showroom tours are available. Our head office, based in Sheffield, has been designed and fitted-out to showcase the latest eco-energy technologies.