Ground source heat pumps for business & commercial use
Ground source heat pumps can generate heat & hot water for businesses. The sun transfers a substantial amount of heat energy into the ground. Ground source heat pumps use pipes, buried in the ground, to absorb this heat. It circulates a mixture of water and antifreeze around a loop of pipe, called a ground loop. When the liquid travels around the loop it absorbs heat from the ground. Using a pump and compressor, this heat is transferred from the ground and is carried into the building to be used.
Types of Ground source heat pumps
Choose between three types of ground source heat pumps. Depending on the space available in your property we can recommend the correct ground source heat pump.
- Borehole – Suitable where ground space is limited.
- Straight horizontal – This involves the pipe being laid in trenches and requires more land
- Spiral horizontal or ‘slinky coil’ – An adaptable option, as the pipes can be coiled to fit into a given amount of space. The longer the coil, the more heat is generated.
Benefits of using Ground source heat pumps
- Could reduce your energy bills & improve your EPC rating
- Renewable energy source, can lower your carbon emissions compared to traditional business electricity & gas use
- Low maintenance
- For new, purpose-built sites especially, it is a cost-effective alternative to having a new gas main installed
- Integrated internet monitoring available
- Can be used to heat and cool a building
- Your business could generate income from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
Ground source vs air source heat pumps
Air source heat pumps are:
- Easier to install than ground source heat pumps
- Don’t need trenches or drilling
Ground source heat pumps are:
- More efficient than air source heat pumps
- Quieter than air source heat pumps as they don’t require an external fan