Benefits of Ground Source Heat Pumps

The main benefits of Ground Source Heat Pumps can be summarised as follows: 

  1. They save money. A Ground Source Heat Pump system can help to achieve significant fuel cost savings compared to gas boilers, direct electric heating systems, oil boilers and other renewable energy systems, such as biomass boilers. 
  2. They generate income. The Government has introduced the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for owners of heat pumps.  
  3. They are an eco-friendly alternative to oil, gas and LPG. Although they require electricity to operate, the output generated is around 3 to 6 times the power input (known as the CoP or Co-efficient of Performance).
  4. They don’t require any fuel storage space, unlike oil and LPG which require large storage tanks, and biomass boilers which require wood/pellet storage. There is also the peace of mind that there is no need to store large volumes of combustible fuel on the premises. They do not require flueing as there are no harmful emissions. 
  5. Low maintenance. The basic mechanism is similar to a refrigerator, with few moving parts and few things that can go wrong. The most costly part in the unit is the compressor and you have the option to extend your warranty if you would like the reassurance that all parts and labour are covered in the longer term.

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