Ground Source Heat Pumps
What is a Ground Source Heat Pump
A ground source heat pump is a type of heat pump designed to capture heat from the ground and use it to heat space inside the home and the home’s water system. The whole system is comprised of an underground heat exchanger, a network of pipes and a distribution system.
What Types of Ground Source Heat Pumps are Available?
Ground source heat pumps can be open loop or closed loop systems. Closed loop systems can be horizontal, vertical, pond closed loop, direct expansion, or indirect expansion systems. Horizontal systems are more common where there is more land available, while vertical systems save space but are more expensive.
Do you want to know more about what type of ground source heat pump will be suitable for your property? Get in touch with a member of the Real Power team for more information.
The cost of installing a ground source heat pump depends on the type of system.
- Installing a ground source heat pump in a two-bedroom property would cost approximately £15,200, plus £2800 for a horizontal system or £5700 for a vertical system.
- Installing a ground source heat pump in a six-bedroom property would cost approximately
£30,000, plus £7600 for a horizontal system or £19,000 for a vertical system.
All above pricing is subject to price fluctuations and therefore we recommend that you contact Real Power directly for a personalised quote for heat pump installation.
No, generally you are not required to obtain planning permission in the UK if you want to install a ground source heat pump on your property, because they fall within permitted development. The following exceptions may apply:
- Speak to your local authority if you are installing a ground source heat pump in Wales or Northern Ireland as regulations differ.
- Listed buildings may require planning permission to install any heat pumps.
- Properties in conservation areas or world heritage sites will need to speak to the local authority to determine whether planning permission is needed.
If you are unsure as to whether installing a ground source heat pump is the right option for you, get in touch with an expert from Real Power today.
Ground source heat pump installation takes significantly longer to plan and execute in comparison to air source heat pumps. The systems and pipework take more planning and preparation, and the actual groundwork and laying of the system can take up to five days.
Ground source heat pumps are one of the most efficient types of heat pump, and as a result provide the homeowner with significantly reduced household energy bills. Get in touch with an expert from Real Power for more information.