Heat your home from the ground up with pumps. The earth absorbs approximately 47% of the sun’s energy, so it’s maintained at a constant temperature. Buried in the garden, pipes extract heat from the ground. This heat can then be used to warm up radiators and hot water systems.
So How Does It Work?
A combination of water and antifreeze circulates around a pipe called a ‘ground loop.’ This system is installed deep into the ground and the heat from the soil transfers into the fluid and then is funnelled through a heat exchanger. Under the surface, the earth stays at a stable temperature, so the heat can be used all year round; even in winter.
In the summer, you can reverse the system to move heat from inside the building back into the cool ground.
The Advantages of Using Ground Source Heating Systems
By using this energy-saving technology, you could reduce your fuel bills considerably. You may even be provided with income from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Your carbon footprint will shrink with absolutely no hassle for you – it’s ‘fit and forget’ technology that requires very little maintenance.
Out of Sight
Although digging up your garden may sound like a scary prospect, once the ground source pumps are installed, they’re undetectable to the naked eye. This means that your heating system doesn’t take up space and has zero visual impact.
Is Ground Source Heat Pumping Suitable For My Home?
You don’t need to have a particularly large garden, but you should have the kind of space that’s fine for digging.
Without fantastic insulation, you won’t get the best out of your ground source heat, as it’ll generally provide lower temperatures than your usual boiler. If you have an underfloor heating system, this works well with ground source heating.
To install this eco technology, it’ll usually set you back between £9,000 and £17,000. The running costs will depend on the size of your house and the level of insulation you have.
The average home in Britain can save up to £610 a year by switching to ground source heating, but you should consider other options if your existing system is gas. You’ll still receive fuel bills as the pumps are powered by electricity. Learn how to control the ground source heating and get the most out of your new system. An installer should explain everything.
Most pump systems should come with a ten year warranty. Generally they operate perfectly for twenty years, but you should book in a little maintenance. A detailed check from a professional every three to five years should suffice. Your installer will provide you with a schedule of maintenance checks. You don’t need to perform any safety checks and the maintenance requirements are low.
In the UK, ground source systems are generally allowed as domestic developments. Check if you’ll need planning permission, but it’s unlikely you will.