What are Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP)?

by | Oct 11, 2022

Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) are a brilliant alternative to conventional methods of heating your home or business facility. Even in the harshest of winters, these innovative pumps will keep your property warm. GSHP are easily installed, cost-effective and incredibly energy efficient. Why would you not want to use them?! Here at Borehole Solutions, our team are well-practiced in GSHP installations. If you’re wondering what they are, then you’ve come to the right place!

How do GSHP Work?

Initially, boreholes need to be drilled into the ground, then loops of piping are installed. Through this piping system, refrigerant fluid is circulated, transferring absorbed heat from the ground through an exchanger and back up to the surface to provide heat to the property.

What are the Benefits?

These heating systems are exceptionally reliable and consistent, whilst running considerably cheaper than oil boilers and being relatively inexpensive to install. In combination with additional government incentives, the decision is easy! The only drawback is that ground source heat pumps are only available to those with outdoor space. You can find more about the benefits of GSHPs, here!

Energy Efficiency

According to the UK’s Ground Source Heat Pump Association, these pumps are 400% efficient in terms of their energy usage! They also produce 70% less carbon dioxide emissions than conventional gas boiler heating systems. If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly source of energy for your home, then ground source heat pumps are a good idea!

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

If the thought of easy, clean energy isn’t enough of an incentive, then the benefits of the Domestic RHI is sure to help. The scheme is run by the government’s regulatory body for gas and electricity, Ofgem. This financially rewards you for producing sustainable, clean energy. The amount of money you receive varies on a number of factors, including the age of the property, the amount of insulation, the material of the walls, etc. Regardless, the payments are not insignificant, making the installation of ground source heat pumps preferable to other domestic heating methods.

How much Space is Required? 

Whether the pumps are installed vertically or horizontally depends on the amount of space available. Where space is limited, vertical systems will be installed, which involves drilling boreholes up to 100 metres in depth! In comparison, horizontal systems require an area in the range of 500 – 700 m2 but the excavated trench is only a couple of metres in depth.

Get in Touch

With the recent rise in energy costs and increasing demand on greener living, ground source heat pumps are becoming more and more popular. If you’re thinking about installing a GSHP, then it is vital to use a trusted contractor to ensure it is installed correctly. Are you interested in finding out more about our GSHP services? Then please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Contact Borehole Solutions on 01733 200 501 or email us at info@boreholesolutions.com.