Ground source heating – will it work in my house?

Will a ground source heat pump suitable for my home?  To tell if a ground source heat pump is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:

* Is your garden suitable for a ground loop? It doesn’t have to be particularly large, but the ground needs to be suitable for digging a trench or a borehole and accessible to digging machinery.

* Is your home well insulated? Since ground source heat pumps produce a lower temperature heat than traditional boilers, it’s essential that your home is insulated and draught proofed well for the heating system to be effective. It could also make the system cheaper and smaller.

* What fuel will you be replacing? If you’re replacing an electric, oil, Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or coal heating system, a ground source heating system will pay for itself quite quickly. If you’re replacing a new, more efficient heating system, your savings will be smaller.

* What type of heating system do you want? Underfloor heating systems or warm air heating will work much better than radiator-based systems.

* Is the system intended for a new development? Combining the installation with other building work can reduce the cost of installing the system.

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