All about ground-source heat pumps

Heat pumps come in various forms and for different purposes. So which one best fits your heating requirements? Or do you also want to cool your house with it? And what about your domestic hot water in the kitchen and bathroom?

The purchase and installation of a heat pump

It is important to read up on the topic before you go ahead with purchasing a heat pump. And of course an installer can also offer good advice for your particular situation. Make sure you look for installer with plenty of experience in installing heat pumps. The installation of a heat pump that uses air as the source of heat usually takes just one day, whereas installing a heat pump that uses heat from the ground is a more complex job and can take several days. In either case, installation is not a do-it-yourself job.

System configuration

The choice of a suitable alternative to a central heating boiler also has consequences for your total heating system. Do you have underfloor heating or only radiators in the house? Everything must be properly coordinated and adjusted. This has an effect on the savings you will achieve and these can be greater if you also have solar panels or use a solar water heater. Whatever the case, all the elements of your system must fit together perfectly and work well together.

Ground-source heat pumps

A ground-water heat pump extracts heat from the earth via a system of pipes, placed horizontally or vertically. A fluid is pumped through that pipe system to transfer the heat to the home, where it is converted into heat for heating or for hot tap water via an indoor unit. This often looks like a central heating boiler, and may be available in a free-standing or wall hung unit. Ground-source heat pumps are often used in new-build houses. Another advantage is that the house can also be cooled in the summer with this system.

Advantages and disadvantages of ground source heat pumps

Ground-source heat pumps are the most cost-effective heat pump solution currently available in terms of running costs, but also the most expensive, as groundworks are always required for installation. This takes several days and leads to higher costs.

Do the heat pump check now to see if your house is already suitable for a heat pump and, if so, which type.