Conserve Ground source heat pumps
Ground source heat pumps are a clean and efficient way of generating power. They work by extracting available heat from the ground and then releasing it to either underfloor heating pipes, radiators or hot water systems at a higher temperature.
Ground source heat pumps require plastic pipe to be buried in a horizontal trench or a borehole.The plastic pipe is filled with water and antifreeze and this liquid circulates through the pipe absorbing heat from the ground.
Horizontal trenches are normally dug to a depth of one to two metres but require a large area of garden/land to house them.
Boreholes are usually drilled to a depth of 80-100 meters but you can have a number of shallower boreholes which total to 100 metres. This deep drilling work can work out to be very costly but the extra depth normally generates higher ground temperatures than horizontal trenches.
Ground source heat pumps Advantages
- Ground source heat pumps do not require a boiler or a fuel tank like gas or oil heating.
- Heat pumps do not require chimneys, flues or ventilation.
- Heat pumps only require servicing every three to five years unlike gas and oil boilers which require a annual service.
- Heat pumps systems have a long life expectancy.
- Heat pumps do not require any combustible components or explosive gases unlike gas or oil heating systems.
- Heat pumps do not require fuel deliveries
You can get grants for Ground source heat pumps, below are the schemes this is available with.
* According to data sourced from the Energy Saving Trust website.