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Are Ground Source Heat Pumps Suitable for me?
How do you know if your situation is suitable for a Ground Source Heat Pump system? Fortunately, GSHP systems are very flexible, and can be made to fit almost any sitution you can think of!
There are a few key questions to consider if you're thinking about installing your very own Ground Source Heat Pump system.
Is my property suitable for a ground loop?
You might think you need a large property to be able to install the underground pipework of a Ground Source Heat pump system, but that isn't always the case.
Normally, the ground loop is laid flat or coiled in trenches a couple of feet below the surface, but sometimes this isn't practical, or there simply just isn't enough room. When space is an issue, it's possible to install a vertical loop, instead of a horizontal one. For a typical domestic installation, the vertical loop will need to be buried in the ground to a depth of around 100 metres. Once it's installed, the renewable heat system will function exactly the same as a standard GSHP installation.
For both types of installation, horizontal and vertical, the ground needs to be suitable for digging a trench or borehole. The land must also be accessible for any machinery required to bury the ground loop to a sufficient depth.
What fuel will you be replacing?
How quickly the Ground Source Heat Pump system pays for itself will be dependant on what type of fuel you currently use within your property. If it's replacing a coal or electric heating system then the GSHP system will provide you with substantial savings almost immediately, especially when you factor in the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments from the government.
Unfortunately, a geothermal heating system might not be the best option if you're planning to replace a mains gas heating system.
What type of heating system will you use?
To get the best from a Ground Source Heat pump installation, we recommend you install an Underfloor Heating system to work alongside the GSHP. If you stick with a conventional raditor based heating system, you'll find that the lower temperatures produced by a GSHP system forces you to keep your heating on a lot of the time, when compared to a Conventional Boiler installation.
An Underfloor Heating system, however, performs very well with the efficient yet lower temperatures of a Ground Source Heat Pump system.
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If you are interersted in a Ground Source Heat Pump system, but can't find what you're looking for, please give us a call today on 0800 988 3188. Alternatively you can fill out our Online Enquiry Form and we'll aim to get back to you as soon as possible!