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Ground Source Heat Pumps – What’s a ground source heat pump? A Ground source heat pump, sometimes referred to as a ground-to-water heat pump, transfers heat from the ground outside your home to heat your radiators or underfloor heating. It can also heat water stored in a hot water cylinder for your hot taps and showers. Thermal transfer fluid is a mixture of water and antifreeze (sometimes known as ‘brine’) that flows around a loop of pipe, buried in your garden or outdoor space. This loop could either be a long or coiled pipe buried in trenches, or a long loop (called a ‘probe’) inserted into a borehole with a diameter of around 180mm.

The heat from the ground is absorbed into the fluid, which then passes through a heat exchanger into the heat pump. This raises the temperature of the fluid and then transfers that heat to water.

What's a Ground Source Heat Pump?

Just two metres below the surface the temperature of the ground is a fairly constant 11-12°C. By using a buried network of fluid-filled pipes connected to a compressor and pump unit, we can capture this warmth and use it as a reliable, renewable heat source to run central heating systems for our homes and other buildings.

If you’re thinking of installing a ground source heat pump it is worth knowing how one works. The most distinctive feature is the pipework, usually about 100m of it, which is buried in loops in trenches (photo, below) or one or more vertical boreholes. Once the pipework is buried in the ground the surface of the ground can return to being used as it previously was.

A liquid – typically water with antifreeze – is pumped through the pipework and absorbs the warmth of the ground. A compressor in the main unit of the heat pump raises the temperature of this fluid slightly, and a heat exchanger transfers the warmth to a separate body of water which circulates through the central heating system. The now-cooled water is pumped back out to the buried pipework and the cycle begins again.

The whole system is powered by electricity, so unless this comes from a renewable source such as a wind turbine or solar panel, a ground source heat pump still generates carbon emissions, though less than those associated with conventional types of heating, and with no on-site emissions.

For a more detailed explanation of how heat pumps work, watch this video. We made it a few years ago, but it still gets lots of views – over 25,000 at the last count!

How much is a Ground Source Heat Pump?

The cost of a ground source heat pump installation varies, influenced by

  • Access to the ground and whether you choose trenches or a borehole to lay the ground loop.
  • The brand, model and size of heat pump chosen.
  • The size of the property and how much heat it needs.
  • Whether it’s a new build or an existing property.
  • Whether you’re opting to make any improvements to your radiators to improve the efficiency of the heat pump, or if you are installing radiators or underfloor heating for the first time.

Typical costs are around €24,000 if your ground loop is buried in trenches, and could be around €49,000 if you need to dig a borehole. We recommend speaking to at least three installers to provide a quote for your heat pump system to give you the best idea of likely costs for your home.

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Running costs will depend on how your heat pump is designed and how it is operated. Savings on your energy bill will also depend on the system you are replacing. You can see the potential annual savings of installing a standard ground source heat pump, including any recommended radiator upgrades, in an average-sized, four-bedroom detached home, below. Adding a Solar Panel System and Including Battery Storage can improve the cost vastly effectiveness of a heat pump system.

Types of Heat Pump Systems

What’s the best type of heat pump for me? – If you are interested in heat pumps, then we’re here to help guide you through the multiple options.  The best way to find the heat pump system that suits your home is to consult a professional organisation, like Solares Energies, which can assess your requirements and then offer the best solution. We can supply, install, and maintain your heat pump system, and provide a stress-free service.

There are 3 Main Types of Heat Pumps:

  • Air Source – Inexpensive to install and commonly used, air source heat pumps function well in moderate climates, using outside air as a medium for heat exchange.
  • Water Source – Water source heat pumps dissipate heat by way of water instead of air. They require well, lake, or other water source access, and aren’t as common.
  • Ground Source – Ground source heat pumps take advantage of thermal energy stored underground, similarly transferring heat to air source heat pumps. Due to the constant temperature of the ground, they offer much more efficient operation, however, installation is pricier and more complicated due to the need for excavation and installation of underground piping.

To ensure you have an energy-efficient system in your home or business, enhance it with a Solar Panel System and Include Solar Battery Storage. If you would like any further information, please contact the team at Solares Energies in Malaga, Spain

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As you consider implementing a ground source heat pump in your home or business, it’s natural to have a lot of questions. Ground source heat pumps are a significant investment and can drastically change the way you heat and cool your property. Here at Solares Energies, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions about ground source heat pumps.

From understanding how they work and the benefits they offer to the practical aspects such as installation, costs, and maintenance requirements, we’ve got you covered. Our aim is to provide you with detailed, clear, and accurate information to help you make an informed decision about whether a ground source heat pump is the right solution for you.

A Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) is a highly efficient, renewable energy system that uses the earth’s natural heat to warm your property. It works by circulating a mixture of water and antifreeze around a loop of pipe (a ground loop) buried in the garden. The heat from the ground is absorbed into this fluid and then passes through a heat exchanger into the heat pump. Even in the middle of winter, the temperature below ground remains relatively constant, allowing GSHPs to provide consistent and efficient heating throughout the year.

There are several benefits of using a Ground Source Heat Pump. Firstly, GSHPs are extremely efficient in terms of energy use, often producing up to four times the amount of energy they consume. This efficiency translates into lower energy bills, especially if you’re replacing conventional heating systems. GSHPs also have lower carbon emissions compared to traditional heating systems, making them an environmentally friendly option. Lastly, they require little maintenance and can provide heating as well as hot water.

GSHPs are very energy efficient. They typically produce up to four units of heat for every unit of electricity used to power them. This high efficiency can significantly lower your heating costs and reduce your property’s carbon footprint. At Solares Energies, we offer top-of-the-line GSHPs, ensuring you get the most efficient system possible for your home or business.

Most properties could potentially benefit from a GSHP. However, the system is particularly well suited to properties with larger garden spaces where the ground loop can be buried. GSHPs are ideal for new builds with well-insulated properties, but can also be considered for older properties following an appropriate assessment and potentially necessary improvements to insulation.

The amount of space needed for a ground source heat pump installation depends largely on the size of the system and the heat requirements of the property. Ground loops can be laid out in trenches around 1-2 metres deep, requiring a significant amount of garden space, or can be inserted into vertical boreholes which take up less space but require drilling to a greater depth. At Solares Energies, our team will assess your property and advise you on the best solution to fit your individual circumstances.

The lifespan of a Ground Source Heat Pump is quite impressive, often surpassing traditional heating systems. The ground loop, buried beneath the ground, has an expected lifespan of over 50 years. The heat pump unit itself typically lasts around 20-25 years, depending on the model and maintenance, which is significantly longer than a conventional boiler. At Solares Energies, we only supply high-quality GSHP systems to ensure maximum lifespan and efficiency.

Maintenance for a GSHP is typically minimal, making it a convenient option for many homeowners. An annual check by the homeowner and a more detailed check by a professional every 3-5 years is usually sufficient. These checks might include verifying the pressure and antifreeze levels in the ground loop, checking for leaks, and inspecting all electrical connections. At Solares Energies, we provide detailed guides for self-checks and offer comprehensive maintenance services for professional inspections.

While installation of a GSHP does require excavation, the impact on your landscape is usually temporary. Horizontal ground loop systems require more surface area and can disrupt your garden during installation, but once the system is in place and the ground is restored, the visual impact is minimal. Vertical systems require less surface area but involve drilling deep boreholes. At Solares Energies, we aim to minimise disruption and restore your garden to its original state as much as possible post-installation.

The cost of installing a GSHP can vary depending on the size of the system, the type of ground loop, and the specific conditions of your property. While the upfront cost can be higher than traditional systems, the long-term savings on energy bills and the potential for government incentives can offset the initial investment. GSHPs can significantly reduce your heating costs, especially if you’re replacing a conventional oil or electric heating system. Our team at Solares Energies will provide a detailed quote and help you understand the potential savings.

GSHPs can work effectively with various types of heating systems, including underfloor heating systems, conventional radiator-based systems, and warm air convectors. They are also capable of heating water for your home. Underfloor heating systems and warm air heating systems can often be the most efficient due to the lower water temperatures required. At Solares Energies, we can provide expert advice on integrating a GSHP with your existing heating system or recommend the best heating system to install alongside your new GSHP.

Yes, Ground Source Heat Pumps do work in colder climates. This is because they extract heat from the ground, and the temperature below the surface remains relatively constant throughout the year, regardless of the air temperature. This allows the heat pump to provide a consistent and efficient heat source, even in colder months. At Solares Energies, we provide GSHPs that are designed to work efficiently across a range of climates, ensuring your comfort all year round.

Indeed, a Ground Source Heat Pump can provide both heating and cooling. In the heating mode, the GSHP extracts heat from the ground and transfers it to your home. In the cooling mode, it operates in reverse, extracting heat from your home and transferring it back into the ground. This dual function makes GSHPs a versatile solution for year-round comfort. At Solares Energies, we offer models that include this reverse-cycle feature, providing you with a comprehensive heating and cooling solution.

Yes, there are often grants and incentives available to help offset the cost of installing a GSHP, as they are a renewable technology that helps to reduce carbon emissions. These programs vary by location, so it’s important to research what’s available in your area. At Solares Energies, our team can help guide you through the process of identifying and applying for relevant grants and incentives.

Ground Source Heat Pumps are indeed environmentally friendly. They leverage the stable temperature of the earth to provide heating and cooling, reducing the need for fossil fuel combustion and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, because they are so efficient, they can drastically reduce your home’s energy consumption. By choosing a GSHP from Solares Energies, you are making a choice that benefits the environment.

Yes, Ground Source Heat Pumps are particularly well-suited for use with underfloor heating systems. These systems operate at lower temperatures than traditional radiators, which matches well with the efficient, low-temperature heat output of GSHPs. At Solares Energies, we can provide expert advice and quality equipment to help you integrate a GSHP with an underfloor heating system.

The installation time for a Ground Source Heat Pump can vary based on several factors, including the size of the system and the property, ground conditions, and whether any additional upgrades or modifications to your existing heating system are required. On average, the process may take from a few days to a couple of weeks. Our team at Solares Energies will provide a detailed timeline following a site assessment.

In most cases, installing a Ground Source Heat Pump falls under permitted development rights and does not require planning permission. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your local council or a planning professional, particularly if your property is in a conservation area, listed, or in a designated area of natural beauty. At Solares Energies, we can provide guidance and help you navigate any necessary permitting or permissions.

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Sadly many companies throughout Spain are not qualified or experienced in, supplying and installing a Ground Souce Heat Pump. Solares Energies has a wealth of knowledge and experience in supplying, installing and maintaining ground source heat pumps. We have a dedicated team of electrical engineers based around the Costa del Sol area, covering the whole of Malaga, including Marbella, Estepona, Benalmadena and Manilva.