Four Benefits of Using Ground-Source Heat Pumps


| 11/5/2015 9:30:00 AM


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Ground source heat pumps have many benefits

Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) are electrically powered central heating and/ or cooling systems that transfers heat to or from the ground. They use the earth’s relatively constant temperature to provide heating, cooling and hot water for homes and commercial buildings.

GSHP’s have been hugely successful in the USA, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany. Since their introduction to the commercial market over 50 years ago, there have been key developments to greatly improve their efficiency, making them a serious competitor for alternative heating systems. Mother Earth News explores the reasons for their popularity and the benefits of using ground source heat pumps. 

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Heat pumps are a sound investment and their initial installation costs are often superseded by the long-term potential savings they offer homeowners. For example, average savings for homeowners using ground source heat pumps is more than 60 percent.  In monetary terms, an average household that produces 75 percent of their heating from a ground source heat pump can potentially save between an estimated £600 - £700 per year on energy bills.    

Since ground source heat pumps generate their energy from the earth and the heat they extract from the ground is constantly being renewed naturally, they are considered a renewable form of energy.  This environmental benefit also has a financial bonus for homeowners who have are not left vulnerable to fluctuating oil prices that are prone to increased price hikes during the winter months. Therefore, ground source heat pumps bring a certain level of security for a homeowner who has a cost-effective and reliable heating system, whenever they need it.



Of course, on top of this, there is also the added bonus of having no concerns over unreliable fuel deliveries with a ground source heat pump system in place and no concerns over fuel being stolen.      

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