Ground source heat pumps are a eco-friendly energy source which create heat by using the natural heat in the soil below the ground. They operate using pipes below the ground through which fluid is circulated. This fluid extracts heat from the ground which is then compressed in order to heat water that can be used in domestic heating, either radiators or underfloor heating. Ground source heat pumps are ideally partnered with underfloor heating or large radiators as they produce hot water at a marginally lower temperature than standard non-renewable boilers.
Ground source heat pumps call for a relatively large amount of outside space to lay the pipework. Generally a domestic system will need to have 2 trenches in the region of 30-40 metres in length. There is also a possibility to set up a vertical borehole in locations where outdoor space is limited. Ground source heat systems are totally automatic and run silently. They are also hidden as almost all of the equipment is underground or inside the building.
Ground source heat pumps use electricity to perform, but they are particularly efficient when compared to other non-renewable heating options. They can even be matched with alternative electricity generators like solar photovoltaic or wind turbines. Ground source heat pumps also benefit from the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, which means the systems can pay for themselves as time passes as you are paid for the heat that you produce.
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Wishaw serves as a town along with former burgh in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It’s on the edge of the Clyde Valley, 15 miles (24 km) south-east of Glasgow.