Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while at the same time benefiting from the heat that is naturally stored in the ground around us.
The surface of the ground is continuously warm. Even in the depths of winter, there is thermal energy stored at relatively shallow depths beneath the surface.
This heat is produced from solar energy originating from the Sun. At all times of the year, when the Sun shines on the ground, the ground heats up and stores that heat.
Ground source heat pumps take advantage of this solar energy and harvest it to warm our buildings and water.
Most ground source heat pumps work by pumping water through a series of pipes below the ground. As the water travels through the warm earth, it heats up. This heated water is then transferred back to the building’s heating compressor, where the temperature is increased and converted into warm air to heat the building.
One of the significant advantages of this heating system over some other eco-friendly systems is that it is a reliable energy source.
The ground beneath our feet always has heat stored within it, even when the surface is icy. You won’t have to worry about your heat supply running out.
Many people confuse ground source heat pumps with geothermal heat pumps as they both use heat from the ground. But they are not actually using the same heat source, and it’s important to be aware of the differences between the two.
Here’s a brief explanation.
The difference between a ground source heat pump (GHP) and a geothermal heat pump is that a ground source heat pump extracts heat from the ground that has been warmed by the Sun. A geothermal heat pump harnesses the heat that is produced naturally within the earth through geothermal activity.
A ground source heat pump can meet all of your heating requirements, is reliable, and offers an eco-friendly way to heat your home or business premises.