The demand for Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) is rising as more and more customers are demanding renewable energy sources.
GSHPs use pipes to source energy. These pipes are inserted deep into the ground, usually in the garden area. These pipes extract heat from the ground which can be used to fuel radiators, underfloor/warm air heating systems and hot water in your property.
The Rise of Heat Pumps
It appears that the UK is behind the rest of Europe when it comes to heat pump installation. Homes across Europe and the world are using heat pumps to generate hot water and household heating. Countries who are using this heating method the most include:
- North America
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
Ground source heat pumps are fascinating devices. They work by circulating a mixture that is made from water and antifreeze, which circles in the ground loop. The ground loop is buried in the garden of a home as heat is sourced from the ground.
This fluid is then passed through a heat exchanger and then into a heat pump. The main benefit of using a heat pump is that the ground remains at a fairly constant temperature under the surface. This means that owners of a heat pump system can use it throughout the year.
How Big is a Ground Source Heat Pump System?
Depending on the size of your home and the amount of heat it requires, the length of the ground loop will differ from other homes. The longer the loop, the more heat which can be extracted from the ground.
If you live in a small home with limited, a vertical borehole can be drilled instead, making ground source heat pumps one of the most accessible forms of energy.
The Benefits of Ground Source Heat Pumps Scotland
- By installing a GSHP system you could lower your fuel bills by a significant amount
- You could gain income through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
- This eco-friendly system could lower your home’s carbon emissions
- GSHP does not require fuel deliveries
- This system heats your home and water system
- This system is incredibly easy to work and little maintenance is required
If you are using a ground-source heat pumps Scotland to deal with space heating only, the running cost (for that element) will reduce by 52%!
GSHP differ from gas and oil boilers as they deliver heat at lower temperatures, over a longer period of time. It is recommended that your boilers are on constantly over the winter months, so your home is heated efficiently.
The Ground Source Heat Pump Check List
Does your property have a garden which Is suitable for a ground loop?
Your garden does not need to be of a large size, however, the surface of the ground should be suitable for digging a trench or a borehole.
Is your home well insulated?
We recommend to all of our GSHP customers that their home is well insulated. It is a fact that ground source heat pumps works at optimal performance when they produce heat at a lower temperature than traditional boilers do. Nonetheless, to keep in any type of heat source we recommend that your home is checked by one of our insulation and draught proofing team members.
What fuel will you be replacing?
If you are investing in a GSHP system or a heat pumps Glasgow system that will replace an electricity or coal heating system, then this is extremely cost effective.
The Energy Saving Trust suggests that heat pumps may not be the best option for homes using mains gas.
What type of heating system will you use?
GSHP tend to work at their best with underfloor heating systems or warm air heating.
The Air Source Heat Pumps Glasgow Alternative
What Are Air Source Heat Pumps?
If you are unsure if your home is suitable for GSHP, Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) are an excellent alternative. These heat pumps can be installed in almost any property, which makes them incredibly desirable. They are also highly cost effective and can save energy customers up to 70% on their fuel bills.
Many are attracted to the installation of heat pumps as they can receive payments from the Government for 7 years of up to £15,000!
How Do They work?
This modern source of renewable energy is just one of the latest innovations in energy efficient heating which DMS offer. Heat pumps work by retrieving ‘low-grade’ energy from the external air. Our systems convert this energy into strong, effective heating and hot water.
Heat Pump Installers
Your heat pump installer should visit your home for a consultation, this will help you both decide on the best method of renewable energy for you going forward.
DMS can plan a system and heat emitters which will suit each room in your home, including radiators and underfloor heating. DMS will then calculate the exact system specifications which are required.