Our Sun Heats The Ground Continually Every Day, How Do We Harness This ‘Geothermal’ Energy?
WHAT IS A GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMP?
A Ground Source Heat Pump is an incredible technology, allowing you to use the energy stored in the ground underneath your property to heat your home or business and to provide 100% of the hot water you use throughout the year.
The Ground Source Heat Pump will generate all your heating and hot water needs, and our systems are generally designed to replace your current heating system, whether it is Gas, Oil, Electric, Coal or any other costly fossil fuel.
WHY SHOULD I INSTALL A GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMP?
There are a number of reasons a Ground Source Heat Pump system is perfect for your home or business.
- Cost –The cost of heating properties in the UK is ever increasing. With the reserve of fossil fuels becoming scarcer, this is set to continually rise throughout our lifetime and beyond. Heat pumps can be up to 400% efficient, this means for every 1 kWh of electricity used to run your Ground Source Heat Pump, 4 kWh of heat will be generated to heat your property. It’s obvious from this that a significant saving is to be made.
- Future-proofing And Reliability –We all depend on our heating. Have you ever been without heating or hot water on a cold winter night as your boiler has broken down? Ground Source Heat Pumps are well known to be “Fit and Forget” technology, once they are installed, they require little to no maintenance. With an average life-span of 20 years, requiring no fuel deliveries so you can never run out, you can rest safe in the knowledge your home will always be warm and comfortable.
- Our World –Ground Source Heat Pumps produce no carbon emissions and are incredibly efficient. With the effects of climate change becoming more and more obvious, everybody should be doing their bit for the environment. By installing a GSHP system, you will be safe in the knowledge you are contributing to a cleaner, brighter future, for everyone.
HOW DO GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMPS WORK?
Heat is collected from the ground using a series of pipes containing water and an antifreeze called Glycol. These pipes absorb the heat stored in the ground (which
is usually at about 10˚C). There are a number of options for these pipes, they can be laid in trenches about 1.2 Metres down in the ground, laid vertically in a borehole drilled down, typically to 50 Metres.
The heat collected by these pipes is pumped back to the Ground Source Heat Pump unit and used to boil a refrigerant and turn it into a vapour. This vapour is then compressed which brings it’s temperature up to around 100˚C.
The heat from this vapour is finally passed through a heat exchanger which heats up the water to power your central heating and hot water.