Ground Source Heat
Did you know you can reduce your energy consumption by changing the way you heat your home or commercial building?
Ground source heat pumps, also referred to as geothermal or ground-to-water heat pumps, are a type of heating system that extract heat from the ground and transfer it into your home or building.
Switching to a ground source heat pump can provide your home or building with a source of renewable heat, all at a much lower cost than a traditional electrical heat system or gas boiler.
Instead of generating heat from fuel, ground source heat pumps collect heat from the earth. Since the earth maintains a steady temperature throughout the year, it’s an excellent source of heat for your home.
During winter, a ground source heat pump can warm your home more efficiently than a conventional heating system. During summer, it can provide cool air that’s essential for creating a comfortable environment.
Although ground source heat pumps don’t produce energy, and thus aren’t green energy technology, they produce renewable heat without the use of fossil fuels or other non-renewable energy.
Would you like to heat your home without hurting the environment? Read on to learn more about the benefits – both financial and environmental – of installing a ground source heat pump in your home or commercial building.
How do ground source heat pumps work?
A ground source heat pump extracts heat from the ground and transfers it inside your home. Since the ground is a fantastic solar collector, it maintains a consistent temperature that makes it an extremely efficient source of heat.
Ground source heating works using a series of pipes installed in the ground, through which water flows. These are often referred to as a “loop”. As water travels into the ground, its temperature increases and this heat is transferred into your home.
Using a compressor, the heat pump increases the temperature of the water that goes through the loop. This heat is then delivered into your home in the form of warm air or water for your home’s ventilation system, radiator or underfloor heating.
Since a ground source heat pump doesn’t create heat – it simply extracts it from the ground, which is warmed via the sun – it doesn’t use any fossil fuels to ensure your home or building remains warm.
It also uses significantly less electricity to transfer heat into your home, compared to a traditional electrical heater. This means that ground source heat pumps cost much less to operate, all the while using less energy than a conventional boiler or heater.
Cool in summer and warm in winter
Since the earth maintains a fairly consistent temperature over the course of the year – no matter what season it is – it’s a good source of warm air during winter and cool air during summer.
As water travels through the loop underneath your property, its temperature starts to match that of the surrounding earth.
In winter, a ground source heat pump can extract heat from the earth and transfer it into your home. During summer, the same heat pump uses the earth to cool water to generate cool air that keeps your home or building comfortable.
What are the benefits of ground source heat?
Ground source heating technology has several benefits for homes and commercial buildings. Some of the most significant benefits of switching to ground source heat are listed below:
- Unlike conventional boilers or electrical heaters, which can only generate heat and are thus only useful in winter, ground source heat pumps can be used year-round to provide warm or cool air for your home.
- Ground source heat pumps are significantly more efficient – and thus less expensive to operate – than conventional gas boilers or electrical heaters, making them a cost-effective heating option.
- Since ground source heat pumps transfer heat from the ground, which is warmed through solar collection, they heat or cool your home without producing any significant amount of carbon dioxide.
- Ground source heat pumps are even more efficient than air source heat pumps. During winter, a ground source heat pump can generate heat as much as six times as efficiently as a similar air source heat pump.
- Although ground source heating technology can be costly to install, it pays for itself quickly. On average, a ground source heat pumps typically returns its cost in energy savings over a period of three to 10 years.
Are you interested in ground source heat?
Would you like to reduce your home or commercial building’s energy bills? Ground source heat pumps can keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer without the energy consumption or carbon dioxide emissions of a typical heating system.
Are you interested in ground source heat? We offer a range of ground source heat pumps suitable for homes and commercial buildings that can reduce your energy consumption and produce clean, renewable heat.
Contact us to speak to our renewable heating experts and learn more about the benefits of switching to ground source heating for your home or commercial building.