Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps use pipes which 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.
A ground source heat pump circulates a mixture of water and antifreeze around a loop of pipe – called a ground loop – which is buried in your garden. Heat from the ground is absorbed into the fluid and then passes through a heat exchanger into the heat pump. The ground stays at a fairly constant temperature under the surface, so the heat pump can be used throughout the year – even in the middle of winter.
Benefits of Ground Source Heat Pumps-
- They can lower your fuel bills, especially if you replace conventional electric heating.
- They can provide you with an income through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.
- They have the potential to lower your home’s carbon emissions.
- They don’t need fuel deliveries.
- They need little maintenance- they’re called ‘fit and forget’ technology.
How the system works-
Heat from the ground is absorbed at low temperatures into a fluid inside a loop of pipe (a ground loop) buried underground. The fluid then passes through a compressor that raises it to a higher temperature, which can then heat water for the heating and hot water circuits of the house. The cooled ground-loop fluid passes back into the ground where it absorbs further energy from the ground in a continuous process as long as heating is required. Normally the loop is laid flat or coiled in trenches about two metres deep, but if there is not enough space in your garden you can install a vertical loop down into the ground to a depth of up to 100 metres for a typical home.
You may be able to receive payments for the heat you generate using a heat pump through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
This technology is also an eligible measure under the UK government’s Green Deal which is a financing mechanism that lets people pay for energy-efficiency improvements through savings on their energy bills. Further information on Green Deal.
Ground Source Heat Pump Manufacturer-
As a company we strive to provide the best quality products for our customers. This is why we source our ground source heat pumps from Vaillant. For more than 140 years, Vaillant have been setting the standards in the heating market, creating products that have revolutionised the industry. Vaillant are the second- largest European manufacturer in the heating technology sector and are also very active in ventilation and air-conditioning technology markets. With this in mind, you can be sure to receive the finest products in the industry today. For more information visit Vaillant.