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What Are Ground Source Heat Pumps?

Ground source heat pumps are an alternative form of central heating and hot water system for your home. They’re a lot greener than other types of heating system, and make use of natural resources. This makes them cheaper to run than other heating systems, and you’ll see big savings in your energy bills by choosing a ground source heat pump.

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How Do Ground Source Heat Pumps Work?

When the sun hits the ground, the soil absorbs solar energy and stores it underground for a long time – decades, in fact. This is used by ground source heat pumps to heat your home.

There are two main parts of a ground source heat pump; the ground array (either vertical or horizontal), and the heat pump (some of which may have an attached hot water cylinder that needs to be kept inside).

The ground array is a series of pipes dug underground around your home. Water and anti-freeze is distributed through these pipes and this absorbs the solar energy that’s been stored in the soil. Through a mixture of compression and expansion, this energy is then redirected so that it heats the house.

The type of ground that your property sits on will make a difference and the capacity of the system (the capacity is determined by the trench length and the length of the piping). Some types of ground conditions are more conducive to holding heat than others. For example, if the pipes can be buried in clay, this holds more heat for longer than standard soil.

Vertical Ground Source Heat Pump

If your installer recommends a vertical ground source heat pump, they will drill a number of holes up to 100m in depth into the grounds of the outside of your property. If you want to generate 8kW of electricity for your heat pump, you may need to allow your installer to drill three of these boreholes.

Vertical ground source heat pumps are generally better for homeowners without a great deal of land around their property.

Horizontal Ground Source Heat Pump

Horizontal ground source heat pumps normally need around half a hectare of land, or 5,000 square metres, for a successful installation. Your fitter will lay a curved close loop of piping or straight piping into a trench around 120cm underneath your grounds. To achieve 8kW of electricity, you’ll need around 400 square metres of piping if the land is made of clay, and around twice as much if it’s made of thinner soil.

Water-Based Ground Source Heat Pump

Less common ground source heat pumps use water that is taken from either a pond or a lake. The pond or lake has to be of a certain minimum size for an installation to be successful. Expect to pay a premium for this service.

Ground Source Heat Pump Maintenance

Ground source heat pumps are designed and built to provide a minimum of 20 years of use, with maintenance requirements and safety checks very low. It’s advised that you check the electrical components, the external pipers, and the water pump before the colder weather comes.

The Energy Saving Trust recommends that you should get a professional to complete a more thorough check every three to five years.Most ground source heat pumps come with both manufacturer and labour quality guarantees, which may be extended by your installer for a small fee.

What Does A Ground Source Heat Pump Cost?

Costing between £10,000 and £18,000, a ground source heat pump is an expensive home improvement, but that cost can quickly be offset by the savings made through monthly energy bills. You need the right system for your property to get the most out of it.

You can also get £5,000 off the upfront cost and installation of ground source heat pumps with the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), a government scheme to encourage the use of alternative and renewable heating systems.

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Advantages Of A Ground Source Heat Pump

There are plenty of advantages to ground source heat pumps, such as:

As well as providing warmth, most modern ground source heat pumps also provide cool air
The hot water produced will be hot enough for a bath and hot enough for most washing machine settings

A ground source heat pump makes less noise than a standard boiler and far less noise than an air source heat pump

Big Savings On Energy Bills

The latest figures released by the Energy Saving Trust on the amount that a homeowner living in a 4-bed detached property can expect to save each year on their utility bills are:

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Average Energy Bill Saving

LPG (G-rated)

£950-£1,550

Electric (older models)

£775-£1,450

Coal

£575-£1,025

Gas (G-rated)

£425-£675

Oil (G-rated)

£115-£230

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

For a 4-bedroom semi-detached home, the Energy Saving Trust has estimated that the following carbon dioxide emission reductions will be achieved:

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Savings on Carbon Dioxide

LPG (G-rated)

2,750-4,500kg

Electric (older models)

6,600-11,800kg

Coal

7,500-12,250kg

Gas (G-rated)

2,050-3,350kg

Oil (G-rated)

2,750-4,750kg

Disadvantages Of A Ground Source Heat Pump

There are several things to be aware of before choosing a ground source heat pump, including:

A ground source heat pump will not pipe boiling hot water through your taps
You may need to buy larger radiators to get the maximum warmth, or invest in recently released modern diecast aluminium radiators
To get the most benefit from your system, your home (and in particular your loft) needs to be very well insulated

Ground source heat pumps come with a big upfront cost

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Planning Permission For A Ground Source Heat Pump

In all four countries of the UK, ground source heat pumps are considered as “permitted developments”, meaning that, in most cases, planning permission is not required.

You will, however, need planning permission if:

Part of the system will lie outside the area of land attached to your home (forming one enclosure)
There is already a ground source heat pump on site
The area in which the ground source heat pump is installed exceeds half a hectare
You remove the ground source heat pump when it’s no longer in use or it has reached the end of its serviceable life.

We recommend that owners of listed buildings and of buildings within a conservation area check with their local planning department prior to committing to any spending.

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