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These days, we’re all looking for greener and more sustainable low carbon solutions to almost everything we need in August 2022.

We drive electric cars, use recyclable or easily compostable materials, solar thermal energy and other renewable technologies that don’t sacrifice energy efficiency for the cost.

We offer a number of great ground source heat pumps and are more than happy in assisting you on anything you need more information on.

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We are currently the market leader of Ground Source Heat Pump Installers in the UK. We’ll get into what these pumps are, why they’re currently the best solution for home heat sources, and why you should consider the services of these Ground Source Heat Pump Installers.

You might even be surprised at how worth it this small yet significant change could be.

If you want expert advice on how you can save money and save the environment, get in touch today to speak to one of our heat pump technology accredited installers.

Who Are We?

We are a team of experienced ground source heat pump and heating engineers with a real passion for renewable energy. In relation to Ground Source Heat Pump systems, we carry a number of different accreditations including the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and certifications. We work in domestic and commercial properties to provide heating technology.

Our team is made up of experienced engineers who know the ins and outs of the installation process and are accredited installers who are MCS approved. Our team can help you with everything you need from the complete design layout, figuring how much space is needed, and whatever else is absolutely essential to get things up and running.

Terrestrial energy of all sizes reduces user billing, carbon emissions, and emissions of all toxic gases. Now, this goes in line with our goals and key consideration since developing the environment without further damaging it is one of the GSPHA’s main goals.

We offer the best ground source heat pumps and advocate the value of non-combustible approaches to meet the rising heating and cooling needs.

As a trade association, GSHPA brings together more than 150 members and stakeholders from across the heat pump installation industry in order to create a powerful, dynamic and sustainable system for heating and cooling systems.

These systems are hugely based on heat generation, heat storage and heat transfer, including heat sharing networks.

By using the renewable energy of heat sharing networks and district heating solutions, we can reduce urban heating costs significantly. This is done by supplying heat to homes and businesses through a network of heat distribution pipes, giving the community more control over their heating and cooling needs.

Our team of ground source heat pump installers recognised this silver bullet solution and has aimed to provide an affordable and safe low carbon heating and cooling system to consumers. By thinking about the consumer first, we’ve found a way to use different options to find people the right place, the right solution at the right time.

MCS Accredited Heat Pump Installers

We are MCS Accreditation is an industry-led quality assurance scheme for lower source heat pumps.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) standards assure the Ground Source Heat Pump installers are qualified and can demonstrate compliance to industry standards.

Being MCS certified demonstrates to customers that you are a reliable engineer with the ability to install approved Ground Source Heat Pump products and specifications.

How does the ground source heat pump work?

A heat pump uses electricity to work its compressor and uses electricity to pump hot water through its circuits. However, most of the energy transferred into the building is transferred from the ground and this energy is free so, you won’t have to worry much about heating bills.

Therefore, this heat pump technology is very efficient at providing more heat energy than it uses to perform the work needed. A well-designed ground source heat pump installation can provide three or four kilowatts of heat for the consumption of one kilowatt of electricity.

A ground source heat pump works by absorbing heat from the ground and transferring the heat into buildings – this provides heat to the buildings without burning fossil fuels, therefore acting as renewable energy systems.

The heat pump itself is inside the building and operates on the same principle as a home refrigerator. The refrigerator heat pump transfers heat from the refrigerator and uses a heat exchanger to remove heat from the small radiator on the back.

The geothermal heat pump draws heat from the ground by circulating water through pipes in the ground and transfers heat to the building by circulating hot water through radiators or underfloor pipe circuits. The heat pump raises the temperature it receives from the ground before it circulates in the house. This is done by compressing the refrigerant gas.

When a large amount of gas is compressed in a small space, heat energy is concentrated on the gas and heats it up. The heat pump transfers this heat to the heating circuit in the building via the heat exchanger.

After the bottled gas releases heat, the pressure of the gas is released and becomes very cold. The heat pump then uses a heat exchanger to transfer this cold air to the ground circuit, and as cold water circulates in the soil, it can absorb heat from the surrounding soil and resume the cycle.

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Ground Source Heat Pump Costs

The cost of geothermal heat pumps varies with each project, but the average price and installation cost of heat pumps ranges from anywhere between £13,000 to £35,000. The geothermal heat pump (GSHP) is widely recognized as a green investment that can help you save up to over £1,425 in annual heating costs.

Now, like all investments, it’s going to be a little on the pricier side to install, but it is worth it since it’s cheaper in the long run. Let’s discuss some of the costs and factors for costings here:

Factors

How is the Price Determined?

Heat pump installers design these ground source heat pump systems based on home heat loss, energy consumption, land type, and hot water needs. This will help you choose the exact size of the heat pump and the design of your piping system.

A well-insulated house is more affordable because it requires a smaller heat pump and ground loop system. In addition, the condition of the existing radiator or underfloor heating system can affect the total installation cost. If it is not optimal, it will need to be completely replaced with new equipment, which can significantly increase costs. For this reason, GSHP is usually better suited for newer builds.

Ground Source Heat Pump Installation Costs

The horizontal installation can cost about £3,750 while the vertical installation comes in at about £9,750.

In terms of horizontal and vertical equipment installation costs, however, you should note that there’s also a significant difference in price since they both include different equipment to be installed.

Geothermal

The equipment and installation cost of a geothermal heat pump is generally higher, with the total ranging between £20,000 to £40,000, than that of an air-source heat pump which costs anything between £8,000 and £18,000 in total.

Excavation

For the excavation and borehole costs, you’ll usually be charged per metre dug. This will ultimately depend on the local geology but, the price usually ranges from £60 to £100 per metre.

When installing a ground source heat pump, you have to first understand that the pricing branches out into 2 main costs – the installation cost and the cost for the equipment.

The geothermal heat exchanger pipes can come in a horizontal version or vertical version and these come in a range of types as well. The type will depend on the space, layout, budget, and requirements you give. And lastly, you have to consider the excavation process.

Ground Source Heat Pump Running Costs

Even if the cost of these pumps is a bit steep, you can save a lot of money by making sure your home is properly insulated, and it’s one investment that will pay off in the long run. We say this since heat pumps have low running costs compared to any other renewable heating system.

The estimated life of the geothermal heat pump piping system after the installation is over 50,100 years, while the lifespan of the heat pump itself is 2,025 years. We also have to note that another reason why it’s worth the cost is that heat pumps require little post-installation maintenance.

Ground Source Heat Pump Maintenance Costs

Just like every other type of equipment, heat pumps will need maintenance. But, fear not since the cost for maintaining a sealed system is fairly low compared to those that aren’t sealed in.

The price for the maintenance process ranges between £100 to £150 yearly.

During the maintenance process, the main components, like pumps and motors, will have to be checked so you can be sure that there’s no leaking refrigerant.

What are the costs included with RHI payments?

If you register for the RHI, you can receive quarterly payments for low carbon heating system types, including ground source heat pumps.

This is a heat pump grant, and the RHI’s estimated annual payments range from £2,630 to £4,070.

The RHI scheme is a measure of the UK government’s renewable heat incentive and Green Deal. It acts as a financing mechanism that incentivises people to adopt energy-efficient means of generating power and save on bills too in the process.

Ground source heat pump Manufacturers

Here are the main ground source heat pump manufacturers that we can install in the UK:

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Do I need planning permission for heat pumps?

As there are different types of heat pumps that each have different installation requirements, the planning permission requirement varies per type. Let’s look into them here.

Ground or Water Source Heat Pump System

Installing a ground source heat pump in your home is usually considered an approved development so, you won’t need to apply for a building permit.

However, if you live in a listed building or protected area, you’ll need to contact your local government to see if there are any local requirements you need to follow.

Air Source Heat Pump Renewable Technologies

For air source pumps, there are different conditions you have to follow depending on your location in the UK.

The installation of heat pumps is considered permitted development if it’s in a house or residential block. However, certain conditions must also be met in order for you to install this pump:

Ground Source Heat Pump Benefits

As with any product, you must weigh out the pros and cons before you purchase it. We’ve come up with a list of advantages and disadvantages here to show you how much more beneficial it is to have a ground source heat pump installed.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Ground to Water Heat Pump

Ground-to-water heat pumps transfer heat from the ground outside the house to heat radiators and underfloor space heating.

It can also heat the water stored in the hot water cylinder for your hot faucet and shower.

Heat Transfer Fluid is a mixture of water and antifreeze that flows around a loop of pipe buried in a garden or outdoor area. The heat from the ground is absorbed by the liquid, which then passes through the heat exchanger and enters the heating pump.

This raises the temperature of the liquid and transfers that heat to the water.

Ground to Air Heat Pump

Ground-to-air heating pumps transfer heat from the ground to heat commercial heating systems.

This pump uses a ground heat exchange loop to tap into this constantly replenished heat output store to heat homes and provide hot water. It’s also more commonly seen in commercial buildings where there’s space to install the pipework and not underfloor heating.

Do ground source heat pumps work in winter?

In the UK, soil temperatures don’t normally drop below 10 ° C. But, does this mean the pumps won’t work given the lower temperature?

Keep in mind that lower degrees don’t mean that there’s no heat in the air so, the heating pump will work in cold weather as long as you buy the right one.

Each pump is different and requires the right equipment to keep the house warm throughout the winter.

GSHP Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) aims to promote the adoption of renewable heat technology in homes, communities and businesses. It also aims to provide financial incentives to increase the production of heat from renewable sources of energy.

So, if you live in the United Kingdom, Scotland, or Wales, you may be eligible for the UK Government’s National RHI scheme. Under this program, you’ll either be eligible to install renewable heat technology or if you’ve already installed it, you’ll receive a 7-year quarterly cash payment.

Clean Heat Grant (Boiler Upgrade Scheme)

This is another scheme run by the UK government that aims to help smaller buildings and homes transitioning into a lower carbon heating system.

This particular scheme will be accessible starting April 2022. It’s also expected to be the replacement for the current RHI scheme which ends on March 2022.

Ground Source vs. Air Source Heat Pump?

Both the air source and ground source heat pumps rely on the temperature of their surroundings. So, when the ground and air temperatures are relatively the same, you may benefit more from an ASHP over the GSHP.

The ASHP option can work and function more efficiently in lower temperatures than the GSHP systems, however, it’s worth noting that, despite the installation costs, GSHPs tend to be more efficient all year round, especially if your normal temperatures don’t drop too low.

What is Solar PV?

Solar PV (Solar Photovoltaics) is the generation of electricity using energy from the sun.

Ground Source Heat Pump v Solar PV

Solar pv absorbs heat from the sun while ground source heat pumps take heat from underground. Both forms offer many benefits, including the potential to lower your bills.

Ground source heating has a very stable temperature all year to provide hot water and requires much less maintenance once installed compared to solar pv.

Are heat pumps good for underfloor heating?

Simply put, heat pumps operate pretty efficiently even at lower temperatures so the technology is perfect for underfloor heating.

That’s because underfloor heating (UFH) operates at lower flow temperatures compared to radiators.

Now, the heating pump can still be used alongside the radiator, but the radiator must be bigger in order to properly heat the property.

What does decarbonisation of heat mean?

Heat decarbonisation refers to the reduction of carbon produced by a heating system.

During this process, you switch to lower carbon heat systems so your home’s provided with “clean” heat. Doing so can lessen the carbon emission produced by heating.

Services We Offer

As a Renewable Heating specialist we provide the following services:

We are a nationwide UK company that can also provide installations for air source heat pumps and water source heat pumps, and a full range of air conditioning, gas boiler, radiator installations, underfloor heating and fan coil services.

Control Systems for Ground Source Heat Pumps

Installing a control system for your ground source heat pump gives you the ease and convenience of being able to control the heat from absolutely anywhere by using an app or program.

Along with saving you from having to spend more on energy bills, it also ensures that your home is warm and welcoming when you need it to be. What’s more, is you can often customize it to your liking.

Heat Pump Safety Standards and Environmental Requirements

Heat pumps should adhere to the following safety standards.

It is important that you get a registered MSC installer to fit your Ground Source Pump.

FAQs

How long does a Ground Source Heat Pump last?

As stated previously, since these systems are sealed or closed off, it will take longer for it to degrade or stop working, especially if it’s properly maintained.

These systems can last anywhere from 25 years to over 100 years or even longer, depending on the type of system you get and where you choose to install it.

How long does the ground source heat pump take to install?

The installation of ground source heat pumps varies on the location and type of pump. But, it typically only takes one to two days for a professional to completely install it.

How much electricity does a Ground Source Heat Pumps use?

For every 1 kilowatt of electricity consumed, a ground source heat pump can give anywhere between 3 to 4 kilowatts of heat.

The ground source heat pump uses the available heat energy freely found on the ground to achieve higher efficiency than other heat systems.

How Are The Ground Loop Pipes Installed?

With the help of chain trenchers, backhoes and other tools, workers can dig the correct size of trench needed to install the horizontal ground loop pipes.

Sometimes, the piping is coiled or stacked to maximize the space available. After that’s put in, the workers then go about filling in the trenches.

How Does The Heat Pumps System Transfer Heat From Your Ground Into Your Building?

Ground source heat pumps can easily transfer the ground’s heat to warm your home or building. The ground source heat pumps do this by transferring the heat to underfloor heating or radiator systems.

Additionally, it can also heat water stored in hot water cylinders which are then used in your showers and taps.

What is an Immersion Heater?

An immersion heater is an electric water heater that is usually found inside a hot water cylinder.

Does A Ground Source Heat Pump System work all year round?

Ground source heat pump systems can perform down to air temperatures of -10°c which means that they are more than capable for installations within the UK. They can provide Hot water and Heating for 365 days a year. Even in properties with larger heat demands, boilers or multi fuel burners can be successfully integrated.

What are the Noise implications of a Ground Source Heat Pump System?

Ground Source Heat Pump Systems usually have the same sound levels as a domestic refrigerator.

Can I program a Ground Source Heat Pump System to operate automatically?

Yes it is possible as most of the devices can be set to work only at defined times.

What does the Energy Saving Trust do?

Energy Saving Trust provides leadership and expertise to deliver a zero carbon society. We work with individuals, business, communities and governments to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.

What are the disadvantages of Ground Source Heat Pumps?

Summary

We work in conjunction with architects and M&E consultants from the earliest stage to ensure that there is a clear understanding of how we can help to deliver a sustainable building with a high carbon offset.

Ground source heat pumps are amongst the most energy-efficient technologies for providing HVAC and water heating to buildings in the United Kingdom.

A ground source heat pump uses far less energy than can be achieved by burning fuel in a boiler/furnace or by the use of resistive electric heaters. Ground source heat pumps are ideal for new homes or large-scale renovations using horizontal loops where land is available, or vertical probes drilled.

Our heating engineers help reduce Your Heating Costs and provide Environmentally Friendly alternatives to electrical energy and gas boilers.

When on the lookout for the best ground source heating engineers near me we will always have a local Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited heating engineer to be able to install, service or maintain your current ground source

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