Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source heat pumps draw latent heat from the ground, even on cold days, and use it for heating hot water and air for use in the home. The heat pump boosts the heat from the ground to the required level and uses it to heat water or air which is then pumped around the heating system for the house.

Two systems exist for ground source heat pumps: vertical borehole or lateral underground ground loop pipes.

The vertical borehole system is used when space is limited, whereas the ground loop pipes system is used when there is more space available within the property.


  • Reduced household demand on energy providers when heating your home
  • Reduced energy bills
  • Lowered energy consumption and associated carbon emissions


  • Both systems of ground source heat pumps require 3-4 weeks for installation


  • Ideal for properties without a mains gas supply
  • Ideal for replacing systems which heat with oil, LPG or electricity (such replacements will see the most financial advantage)

However, not every home is suitable for a ground source heat pump. Ground source heat pumps are most effective in very well-insulated properties. This is because they heat water to a lower temperature than traditional boilers, meaning that many older or poorly insulated buildings are not energy efficient enough to use the underfloor heating systems or low temperature radiators for which ground source heat pumps are most effective.

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