Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) use pipes that are buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground. This heat can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor or warm air heating systems and hot water in your home.
What are ground source heat pumps?
Ground source heat pumps absorb heat at low temperatures from the ground into a fluid inside the loops of pipes buried in the garden. This fluid passes through a compressor which increases the temperature which can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor heating, warm heating systems and hot water in your property. The ground stays at a fairly constant temperature under the surface, so a ground source heat pump can be used to heat your home throughout the year even during the colder months.
Usually, the ground loop is laid flat or coiled in trenches approximately 2 metres deep. The length of the ground loop is dependent on the size of your property and the amount of heat you require. However, if you require a large ground loop and are limited on garden space then a vertical loop can be installed down into the ground up to 100 metres deep for the standard domestic system.
Benefits of ground source heat pumps?
Reduce your energy bills
You will save money on your utility bills as you utilise the free renewable heating produced by your ground source heat pump. These cost savings will considerable increase if you completely replace conventional electric heating systems.
Get paid for having a renewable heating system
The UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a scheme to reward you for using renewable heating systems throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
Can heat your home as well as your water
No need to spend additional money on separate systems, ground source heat pumps are and all in one heating and hot water solution for your home. Not many renewable technologies do both, heat your hot water and your property.
Reduce your carbon footprint and help save the environment
Ground source heat pumps are a renewable heating and hot water solution, meaning it doesn’t produce any harmful pollution. This technology is a way that each property can help towards protecting the environment and tackling climate change by utilising natural sustainable resources.
Is a ground source heat pump suitable for me?
What is Ground Source Heat Pump Maintenance?
Heat pump systems typically come with a warranty of two to three years and most manufacturer warranties are only upheld if your renewable technology is maintained
Most ground source heat pumps will, however, require an annual check by a qualified technician to make sure it is operating within the manufacturer’s guide, as a heat pump that is not operating correctly can lose up to 25% of its operating efficiency.
We provide both planned maintenance as well as operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for ground source heat pumps. As part of these packages, one of our qualified and experienced engineers will attend your property to carry out a thorough annual service of your ground source heat pump. We will also attend your property for any reactive / emergency repairs.
Reactive call outs are included in our maintenance contracts however if you are not a client of ours but are in need of an urgent repair that is not a problem, contact us today.
What’s Included in Your Annual Ground Source Heat Pump Service?
• Water pumps to be checked and internals spun.
• Check all electronics within the system.
• Check system pressure is in accordance with recommendations.
• Visual inspection of all pipes and valves for any sign of leaks.
• A sample of the antifreeze fluid is taken to confirm all is ok and correct.
• Heating fluid checked to ensure that the inhibitor is working and the fluid is not corrosive.
• Check yield performance.
• Annual Service Certificate issued.