The Famous Ground Source Heat Pump and Its Curiosities

Initially important, here we demystify what for many has become a great mystery, all around the ground source heat pump, something that theoretically we all know what it is and what it consists of, but that very few know how to explain when asked.

The beginning is when the sun warms our atmosphere and the outer layer of the Earth’s crust. In one year, the energy sent by the sun to Earth is 50 times greater than the total energy consumption on our planet. This makes the sun a huge and never-ending source of energy.

On sunny days, we can feel the heat energy of the sun on our skin. But in reality, there is always a lot of heat energy in the air, even on cold winter days and even at night.

These heat pumps are already famous and well used in several countries, so how does your installation work?

The installation of an underground source heat pump or water source heat pump in domestic installations is normally considered to be a permissible development and does not require a planning permit application.

Now if you live in a listed building or in a conservation area, you should contact your council to verify local requirements.

Another curiosity or question would be how much land is needed for an underground source heat pump? Trenches should be at least two meters deep to enjoy a consistent heat source year-round. They will need 50-80 meters of pipe per kilowatt (kW), or 10 meters of ‘stealth’ coiled pipe per kW, with at least 5 meters distance between trenches with coils.

Underground source heat pump systems can be used with radiators, which are typically oversized to provide the proper flow temperatures to ensure heat pump efficiency.

Finally, there are 5 things you can do to make your heat pump more effective. Seal your openings. Install weather protection around your windows and doors to keep the cold outside. Engage your fans. Insulate your floors. Adjust your thermostat. Optimize your layout.