Here we’ve listed some questions which crop up time and again when we liaise with clients in the early stages of their project whilst they are considering which renewable energy source to choose. If you don’t find the answer to your question here then please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our contact page.
Will you reinstate the location of the trench post-installation?
Yes – reinstatement is included in the overall cost. We will ensure that the area in question is swiftly and safely returned to its natural state. However it is important to clarify that ‘reinstatement’ only covers the filling in and smoothing over of the site in question – it does not include the landscaping of a garden (re-laying turf and patio or planting flowers, for instance). You would need to employ a landscape gardener at an additional cost if you wish to do this.
Timescales of project completion will naturally vary depending on the size of your property, the nature of the work to be carried out and other factors such as the amount of boreholes needed (more boreholes, longer lead time) and the availability of other contractors. Typically a Ground Source Heat Pump installation takes around two weeks, Air Source one week, Solar Thermal 3 days, Solar PV one day and MHVR takes around one week. The lead time for underfloor heating systems really does depend on the size of the property – but before work begins we will always discuss timescales with you and ensure that appropriate action is taken to minimise any inconvenience caused.
How soon will we see savings?
Again, it’s difficult to say what your projected savings could be without having conducted a thorough survey of your property beforehand – which takes into account the current energy source (oil, propane, gas) the size of the property and your energy usage. Eventually you should see on average a typical saving of 30-35% for a detached property compared to the same household running on gas.
Are there other benefits other than financial?
Plenty – namely the health benefits which come from having an efficient heating system keeping your house dry and spore-free. Damp houses (often caused by poor ventilation and inadequate heating supply) can cause untold issues with respiratory systems and the skin such as asthma and eczema – and a ‘damp house’ won’t necessarily smell musty or harbour mould as naturally we often can’t see particles of moisture in the air. The other huge benefit is the economical, responsible side – the significant reduction of your carbon footprint and your legacy and participation in keeping the earth a pleasant, sustainable and healthy place to live in for future generations.
Is financial support available?
Yes – there are a number of government grants available to homeowners and self-builders wishing to incorporate renewable energy systems into their homes. For more information on the types of financial support available, eligibility and which may suit you best head over to: (website)
How big is the equipment and what size room do I need?
Contrary to popular belief, the over-ground system housed on your property following a Ground Source Pump installation is as small as a domestic boiler – so you won’t necessarily need to spend on creating a specific space for the heat pump. We call the area in which the system is housed the ‘plant room’ – but in reality this could be your garage, your kitchen or the garden shed. As long as the space provided is big enough and suitably positioned you may need to do no adaptation work at all – but this is something we will consult you on during the early stages when we scope out your property.
Do I need an immersion to work with this?
Absolutely not – 100% of your space heating and hot water will be taken care of by the system.
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