Ground Source Heat Pumps
A ground source heat pump is like a traditional central heating boiler. But, instead of oil or gas, it uses heat from the earth.
Rather than buying fossil fuels from a supplier, you’ll be using renewable energy for your heating and hot water.
So you’ll save money on your heating bills.
And, if you have solar panels, your heat pump will use the electricity they generate to operate.
Princes LHS Ltd is a heat pump installer for customers throughout North Shropshire and the surrounding counties.
What are the pros and cons?
The advantages of installing a ground source heat pump are:
✔ Lower carbon emissions
A ground source heat pump uses renewable energy. So if you install a heat pump instead of a fossil fuel central heating boiler your carbon emissions will be lower.
✔ Cheaper heating
You won’t have to buy oil or gas, only the electricity your pump uses. If you have solar panels, the pump can run off the electricity they generate.
✔ Cash payments
Installing a heat pump could make you eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.
✔ Very low maintenance
Your system won’t need safety checks like central heating boilers and very little looking after.
You’ll need some garden or land for a ground source heat pump system. But if you don’t have space outside, you could install an air source heat pump instead.
How do ground source heat pumps work?
A ground source heat pump system is made up of three parts:
- The pump itself, which sits outside at ground level
- A heat exchanger
- A loop of pipes buried in the ground
To absorb the heat from the earth, a mixture of water and antifreeze circulates through the underground pipes.
This warmed fluid passes through the heat exchanger and into the pump.
The pump then heats the fluid to a higher temperature and transfers it to your heating system.
You can use the heat your pump generates for your radiators, hot water or underfloor heating system.
The pump uses electricity, which can come from either mains electricity or a solar panel system.
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