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Ground source heat pumps
Ground source heat pumps
Ground heat pumps take natural energy from the earth and convert it into usable heat for your home’s central heating and hot water supply.
Ground source heat pumps are installed in your back garden, with pipes running underground. They work by circulating water and antifreeze around a loop of piping, absorbing heat and sending it to the exchanger.
As ground heat has a stable temperature, the system will generate free energy throughout the year. The pipe’s length will depend on the size of system you opt for, and longer loops will draw more heat from the ground.
Ground source heat pump benefits
With ground source heat pumps:
Lower your annual heating bills by hundreds of pounds every year with a renewable source of energy
Earn a fixed income with the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This scheme will incorporate heat pumps in 2013, allowing homeowners access to a guaranteed income paying for every unit of renewable heat produced
Cut your home’s carbon footprint by utilising a natural, environmentally friendly source of energy.
You need to provide little maintenance and they’re often referred to as a fit and forget technology
Whilst air source heat pumps tend to be much easier to install as they needn’t be in the ground, they are less efficient than the geothermal heat pumps.
Costs and savings for ground source heat pumps
Ground source heat pumps will cost anywhere between £9,000 and £17,000 depending on the size of system you’re after. This is why it’s so important to receive more than one quote to compare costs and ensure to get the right price.
There are a number of factors that would decide how much you save on energy bills, including:
Your current fuel bills
Of course, this would depend on what the geothermal pump will be replacing – oil, gas or electricity. The heat pump is powered by electricity but this is considerably less than what you’ll be saving with a renewable product.
Previous heating system
Effective control use
Geothermal heat pumps will come with a control system to help to accurately distribute heat at the right temperature. The heat pump installer will discuss everything you need to know before the installation goes ahead.
Ground source heat pump quotes
Ground source heat pumps are one of the best ways to slash bills and make your home environmentally friendly.
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Energy Performance of Houses
Homes are given an energy ranking dependent on just how efficient they are and ratings are presented in the information below. This varies from A, by far the most energy efficient, to G, the very least efficient. With a higher rating you're more likely to have less costly energy bills as more heat will probably be retained in your house. You'll be able to increase your home's efficiency with insulation including double glazing, loft lagging or wall cavity insulation.