9th October 2018 Aztec Heat Pumps

Ground Source Heat Pumps – A Low-Carbon Technology

Environmentally-friendly forms of fuel are on the increase throughout the UK as high-carbon emissions have been linked to global warming and climate change. It has been estimated that as much as 40% of our CO2 emissions relate to the heating and cooling of buildings.

One way to help cut your own carbon footprint is to choose a renewable technology. Aztec Heat Pumps are specialists in installing ground source heat pumps throughout Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. Here we look at how these pumps work and the advantages they offer.

How They Work

Ground source heat pumps work by pumping water through underground pipes, usually buried in a property’s garden. These pipes absorb the existing heat of the ground that, in turn, heat the water that runs into the house.

The heat pump increases the temperature of the water, making it suitable for the hot water and central heating throughout your house or business, including radiators and underfloor heating. Ground source heat pumps still need electricity to operate; however, they use far less electrical energy than the heat they produce.

No Combustion Involved

Most energy systems, such as oil, gas, LPG or biomass fuel, need some sort of combustion to operate. This is not the case with ground source heat pumps, as there are no carbon emissions created or emitted on site. The heat they extract from the ground is constantly being renewed naturally though sunshine and rain water.

It is possible to achieve a completely zero-carbon renewable energy system at your home or business in Suffolk if your ground source heat pump is operated via electricity created by a  wind turbine or a photovoltaic system.

After Installation

Ground source heat pumps cut down on carbon emissions caused by vehicle journeys, for example any deliveries you may have had for oil or coal – especially fuels that have come from distant countries.

The pumps themselves are very low-maintenance and reliable, requiring fewer engineers’ visits compared with combustion boilers. Our ground source heat pumps also have a lifespan of over 20 years, longer than most combustion boilers.

Helping Meet Targets

The increased use of ground source heat pumps helps the National Grid with its decarbonisation process. If we are not so reliant on combustible fossil fuels, this will help the help the Government meet the requirements of the UK Climate Change Act, which requires carbon emissions to be cut by 80% by the year 2050 compared with 1990 levels.

As well as doing your bit for the environment, you could also save money; by generating your own heat, your home or business won’t be susceptible to price rises for other more conventional forms of fuel.

Although installation costs can be high, ground source heat pumps are eligible for the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive so you can effectively recoup some of the cost. The RHI is a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat. Switching to heating systems that use eligible energy sources can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets.

If you would like to learn more about the ground source heat pumps supplied and installed by Suffolk-based specialists Aztec Heat Pumps, please visit us here.

We also supply and install a range of other environmentally-friendly heating products, such as air source heat pumps, photovoltaic and solar water heating systems. All our work and products are covered by warranties and our experienced team provides a comprehensive, beginning-to-end service which can include helping you apply for RHI payments.