In a nutshell: Ground source heat pumps (also known as geothermal energy) are a heating and cooling system that use heat from deep beneath the ground as a source of energy.
There are two facets to a ground source heat pump: you have the ground loop (a system of pipes buried beneath the ground), and a heat pump that sits at ground level.
To initially harness the ambient heat from the earth, the ground source heat pump will pump a mixture of water and anti-freeze around the ground loop which will absorb the naturally-occurring thermal energy and bring it towards ground level. Here, a heat pump will increase the temperature to provide heating for radiators or underfloor heating systems, as well as hot water for domestic use.
The pump essentially functions in the same way a boiler would in a central heating system, but rather than burning fuel to produce heat, it is using ambient geothermal heat. While the pump does still need electricity to operate, the idea is that they use less electrical energy than the heat they produce
Our Manchester-based renewable heating solutions company, Groundtherm, will plan, install and project manage the installation of your ground source heat pump. Our experience and expertise working with all manner of renewable energy sources means we are fully equipped to help you achieve your energy-saving objectives and obtain a source of clean, renewable energy for life. Ground source heat pumps are a great way of enjoying a highly-efficient energy facility whilst dramatically reducing your carbon footprint and environmental responsibility. Please get in touch to find out more about Groundtherm’s geothermal energy solutions!