Ground source heat pumps are a eco-friendly power source which generate heat by using the natural heat in the earth underneath the surface. They operate using piping underneath the ground through which fluid is circulated. This fluid extracts heat from the ground which is then compressed in order to heat water that can be used in domestic heating, either radiators or underfloor heating. Ground source heat pumps are ideally partnered with underfloor heating or large radiators as they generate hot water at a slightly lower temperature than regular non-renewable boilers.
Ground source heat pumps require a relatively large amount of outdoor space to lay the pipework. Generally a domestic system will require 2 trenches approximately 30-40 metres long. Addititionally there is an option to use a vertical borehole in situations where outdoor space is limited. Ground source heat systems are completely automated and run very quietly. They are also hidden as most of the equipment is underground or inside the building.
Ground source heat pumps use electricity to run, but they are really efficient when compared with other non-renewable heating options. They can be coupled with green electricity generators like solar photovoltaic or wind generators. Ground source heat pumps also take advantage of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, which means the systems can pay for themselves as time passes as you are paid for the heat that you produce.
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